Reid was particularly fascinated with the process of putting up the tree. Last year he was too little to "help" and didn't seem to pay a lot of attention to what we were doing. This year he wanted to be right in the middle of it every step of the way.
The major downside to our artificial tree is the light strings that were out. We tried changing fuses and looking for bulbs but the end result was adding a couple of strings to the tree. It is going to be a pain when we take it down but it works.
Gwen loved the angel. She flew her all around the house before she ended up on the top of the tree.
The kids getting the annual talk about not touching the glass ornaments (I have a lot of them from my mom and Grandma) and about trying to spread the ornaments out over the whole tree and not clump everything on one branch.
Reid found a Nutcracker to play with. It was quite fascinating!
Lucy was utterly enthralled with decorating the tree. She meticulously placed ornaments on the tree. Quite bossy about it too.
Andrew spent most of the time decorating the tree and waiting to find his baby's first Christmas ornament. It was in a different box than the rest of the ornaments and the look of relief on his face when we found it was priceless. It really wasn't Christmas without that ornament for him.
Zane had a particular train that he was on the lookout for while we decorated. It was found at the same time as Andrew's ornament. He was pretty excited with the whole process though.
Gwen was a huge 10 ornaments on one branch offender. But she was so meticulous about it. It was hard to get frustrated.
Eric and I hanging "Our first Christmas together" ornament. We have 3 of them and we are picky about hanging them together every year.
Zane decorated the entire time with two stuffed animals down his shirt. And then the decided to wear the Christmas tree skirt as a dress. SIGH What a guy.
For all my instruction on ornament placement and spread out we still end up with branches that look like this. And you know what? I love it. It means that kids decorated the tree and had a marvelous time doing it. I will leave them just how they are too unless they fall off. And then they will get moved to a less crowded spot. This is what Christmas memories are made of.