Monday, December 9, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

While we may not have a five and ten, or silver lanes aglow, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here anyway. Here are a few signs that Christmas has descended upon our little family...

We continued our annual tradition of picking out a Christmas tree, bringing it home, and pulling out the decorations on the day after Thanksgiving. 

The Christmas carols played while we worked, and we all sang along. The kids are in the habit of pulling all of the ornaments out of the boxes, spreading them all over the floor, and then picking through them for their own personal ones, which they can then hang up. It should be noted, that I completely embrace non-stop Christmas music from now until January. I love it!

The stockings are hung.

The Nativity is set up, which is another favorite thing to do for the kiddos.

Every year we put a string of lights in their rooms to use instead of nightlights.

They LOVE sleeping under the colored lights.

Advent calenders from Grandma Ruth are another sign that Christmas is here. Who doesn't want to eat a piece of chocolate first thing in the morning?!

At the beginning of the month, the weather was wonderfully chilly (now it's back up to the 80's). The kids were so excited to wear their fleece footed jamas. Occasionally they might even be seen back in their jamas in the middle of the day...

The presents are all bought and wrapped, and under the tree.

Oh, how I love this sight!

And finally, a trip to the library to stock up on Christmas books is another way we are embracing all things Christmas-y! (We picked out books other than Christmas books as well. And little sister picked out two books about Thanksgiving, even though it has already passed...)

Bella's choices.

Grady's choices.

My choices.

Lilly insisted that we sit on the back porch and read through all of our books.

We made it through a good portion of them.

Early Merry Christmas to ya! I hope you are warm and toasty, either in your house enjoying the fireplace and a warm cup of cocoa, or here in Florida sweatin' in the 80's and full sun.

Have a great day!

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