Now that all my family was home again, it was time to prepare for Christmas. The first step was to put up the tree. Since it was the week before Christmas when we were finally all back together, there was slim pickins' at the tree lots. After tromping through a very muddy lot, we chose a nice noble fir.
|Cody and Denise start with the lights
When we got the tree home and tried to set it up, we discovered one side of the tree was fuller than the other. This gave the tree a lopsided appearance. When placed in the tree stand, the tree didn't look like it was sitting straight up. Roger fussed around with it for awhile, but we eventually settled on an alignment that looked relatively vertical.
|Finding that one dead bulb!
|Denise shows her disapproval of my photographic documentation
|Cody and Denise checking out another string of lights
It's a slow process to wind lights around a tree. And you always have to check out the lights before you put them on the tree to be sure all the bulbs work!
|The kids admire their lighting work
|Bear gets some decoration
|Denise hangs a Christmas ball on the tree
Putting the various Christmas balls on the tree is always the fun part. I remember when the kids were little the bottom portion of the tree was crammed with ornaments (up to their arm's reach) while the top was really sparse.
|I got Roger to smile!
We can't get the tree decorated without a few mishaps. This year, it was a couple of broken Christmas balls. Luckily, it was nothing sentimental, and the vacuum cleaner was already out and ready.
|The kids decorated me too
|Cody searches for a good spot to place an ornament
|Putting on the garland
|The finished product
The tree gave our house a nice foresty scent. I just love the smell of a Christmas tree! It really felt like Christmas now. And with all of our decorations up, we finally looked ready. Time to bring on the presents!