I have a lot of my mom's practical tendencies, but now, with A & M getting ready to experience their second Christmas, I find myself ready to get the season started.
Last year, we were between houses, living in a very temporary rental, and we didn't even put the tree up there. I did put it up at our old house, before it sold, and it was earlier than ever before because I wanted to get some pictures of the girls for our Christmas cards. The girls were only eight months old and didn't know the difference anyway, and it all really wasn't as bad as it could have been (not that I want to repeat the process
This year, the girls will know a little more about what is going on, and I am so looking forward to seeing them really experience their second Christmas. I am planning to get the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving...which will be in, um, a week and a half. I have already decorated the mantle, which, by the way, is my first mantle ever. I am so excited to have somewhere to hang our stockings--the way it's supposed to be done!
(Photos from www.hgtv.com)
I am also considering going all out and putting a small tree in the girls' room. Maybe something with white, pink, and lime green...all those modern, bright colors that are fun, but have no place with my traditional Christmas decorations. And of course, the fall wreath on my front door will soon be replaced with a holiday one. No southern home is complete without a wreath on the front door to mark the season and welcome our guests, right?
With Thanksgiving coming up next week and Christmas a little less than six weeks to go, I would say the holiday season is upon us. I am having fun getting into the holiday spirit and thinking of ways to make it fun for Addison and Mackenzie.
Your turn! What are you doing to get ready for the holidays? When is the perfect time to decorate? Are you an all-out decorator or a just-the-tree type?