The other new tradition is the Christmas storybooks. We've wrapped 24 Christmas storybooks, and each night before bed Jack gets to pick one present, open it and we read that story that night. So far it's been fun. The first night (December 1st) we had him open the elf (it comes with a book explaining what it does) and then each night since then he's picked out a book. I'm loving this tradition and think it will be a good one to continue. I figure it was a one-time investment because we'll use the same books each year, aside from switching out a couple each year to be more age-appropriate as the boys get older. Fun!
|Helping Daddy find the perfect tree|
|This is it!|
|Actually, after we took these pictures, we realized this wasn't the one we had decided on (it was between two)|
|So THIS is it!|
|Watching Daddy cut it down|
|Such a big helper!|
|Family photo with our tree|
Of course they say you should take a tape measure when you're cutting a tree down because they look much smaller in the woods than they do in your living room. We should have heeded that advice...
Yes, our tree is almost as wide as the room in which we were planning to display it, and yes, it's about 2 feet taller than the ceiling in said room. I'm a little ashamed to admit we've actually made the same mistake once before. The first year we were in our new house (2007), we cut down a tree that only fit in the tallest part of our vaulted living room and required some rearranging of furniture - I'd say it was about 11 feet tall. Sadly, I can't locate any photos of that behemoth, so you'll have to take my word for it. Lesson learned? Apparently not.
Our other fun Christmas tradition is putting up our train. Jack received the train from Grandpa & Grandma Clayton for his first Christmas, and we put it up for the first time last year. I think this is when Jack's obsession with choo choos really took off, and as you know it hasn't dulled. So of course, he is loving playing with the train every waking moment he has, including blowing the horn for minutes at a time. Not too quiet at our house these days.
Later in the evening, Jack decided Charlie would make a good train conductor. Then he thought Charlie might want to see how he looked in the hat, so he ran and got the hand mirror out of my vanity to show him. Too cute.