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Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

Comments from the kids: "will we lose our power on Friday?" said Emerson
"my favorite ornaments are the sparkly ones that are old like grandma" said Blaise
"can rabbits hang stockings?"
"Barbie needs a Christmas tree she has everything except that in her house"(Emerson)
"the only leftovers I like are from Thanksgiving" (Julia)

It is beginning to look alot like...

It is noon and the decorating is done! Inside that is! The kids decorated their own trees and I decorated the great room tree! Fun was had by all except poor Benedict who was not sure what to make of all commotion. He hung out in my arms and took it all in. It was sweet to see the joy on their faces as we talked about our favorite ornaments and our memories of years before. Blaise was excited to show off his tree he decorated all by himself!

Honey it is time...

There has been a tradition in my family as far back as I can recall that the day after Thanksgiving is when we always decorated for Christmas. I remember my mom decking out the entire house in a plethora of ornaments, greenery, and Christmas decor! This notion of decorating has been one tradition I still do today! The girls and I have always done it while Tony is at work. I can't recall a black Friday that he hasn't gone into work only to come home to a transformation. Voila! It's Christmas! This year I also introduced the tradition of each child having a special tree in their room. Blaise felt so proud having daddy carry up his little tree and lighting it up. They all have personalized ornaments to put on the trees that people have given them! It is hectic and overwhelming to do this but it begins the most important part of our faith....the birth of Christ! I really steer clear of any secular symbols of Christmas as Tony and I try to focus on the truth. It is a challenge and it is hard with all the ads and people asking the kids what the jolly fat man is going to bring them? Huh they say? But I unwrapped my nativity set today from Italy. It is a gift I treasure and will pass to my eldest some day. I get all choked up and Blaise asked me if I had a boo boo? No honey, just the greatest Christmas present ever!