be celebrating Christmas down south. It is the first time in 14 years since my entire family has been together for Christmas! We are pretty excited about it!
As we won't be here this year, we decided to get a tree early, just after Thanksgiving. There is always a tree stand about 4 blocks from our house run by French Canadians. Sterling loved touching the trees and Hudson helped me pick the perfect one. It is a but shorter than our usual, but still a really pretty tree.
We kept the first cut so we could count how old the tree is...15 years!
I know colored lights seem tacky to some, but it makes it feel like Christmas to us!
I also decided last minute to put together an Advent calendar. I used oval green stickers from Paper Source and wrote with a gold Sharpie. I guess all that lettering practice from my architectural classes paid off. The stickers were then affixed to brown bags in which I slipped a treat or an ornament or a small gift inside. As the bags are not sealed, it has been helpful as I didn't have to have everything done by day 1.
Red mini clothes pins hold the paper bags to ribbon I had on hand. We hung one row over the mantle...
...and two rows above the cabinet. It actually has been festive and it is the FIRST thing Hudson asks for when he wakes up in the morning. Actually during the day, he also asks for tomorrow's number.
We also got to go to a cookie decorations party at Luka's house. I used to work with Luka's mom and they moved to the neighborhood in the summer. Hudson and Luka love having play dates. Luka is also going to be a big brother very soon!
Best part is eating them!