I thought I’d share some of our Happy Home’s Christmas traditions this year!
To start things off here’s the lowdown on how we do our tree.
Since our Happy Buddies are so young, the Happy Hubby and I like to put up our tree as a part of an ‘at-home’ Date Night.
We do this the day after Thanksgiving.
If we don’t – the tree does not get up. Haha!
When our boys get a little older, I know we’ll expand this tradition to include them, but for now, it’s a great way to connect and spend time with the Happy Hubby.
Plus, nothing gets broken and I get to make the tree look exactly as I want it (any other control freaks out there???)! 🙂
We put the kids to bed, heat up some hot cocoa, watch our favorite Christmas movie, and get to work.
Here are some photos from our adventure the other night!
Putting up this tree is such a labor of love.
Yes, we do the fake tree. I have the blackest of thumbs – a long time ago I begged the Happy Hubby to stop buying me flowers because they wilt as soon as we make eye contact! A real tree would never survive under my care.
Getting that monster in and out of the box is like trying to put a T-Shirt on an octopus.
And this year 75% of the lights burned out so the Happy Hubby went to Wal-Mart to battle the tail end of Black Friday shoppers for a few boxes of lights. He is such a good man!
This step is probably my least favorite thing about getting the tree up.
By the time I am done, my hands look like someone poked them a hundred times with a sharp pencil.
Now for the fun part!
Oh how I love pulling out the ornaments, unwrapping each one and reminiscing about where that ornament originated.
The Happy Hubby and I were married a few days after Christmas in 2003, so most of our ornaments were wedding gifts!
This movie – The Family Man with Nicolas Cage – is a MUST to be playing while we are decorating.
I really hate going to bed knowing that there’s a giant mess waiting for me in the morning, so I try to get everything picked up before turning in for the night.
Now that we have kids, we can’t vacuum – lest we rouse the slumbering
monkeys angels – and all those tiny artificial pine needles make my head spin.
This year the Happy Hubby had a brilliant alternative plan!
It totally worked!!! And no one woke up! 🙂
Would you like to read more details about our tree – my favorite ornaments (the cutest things EVER) and our favorite Pickle Tradition?
Click on over to THIS POST.
How do y’all do your tree? Real or fake? With the kids or without? When do you put it up? Do you have favorite ornaments?
I’d love to hear about your Tree Traditions!
Happy Tree Tradition-ing! 🙂