Then we brought it home and set it up - much more quickly than last year due to the experience gained from our struggles last year.
The next day, after far too long for E's liking (he was asking at very regular intervals when we would be decorating from the moment we set it up) we decorated it. One of the things I love about Christmas is getting out the box of decorations each year and the memories they invoke. Most of our ornaments are handmade and I can recall the making of them and what was happening at that time in our lives - they all have their own little bit of history.
And now I look forward to evenings in front of the fire, with the tree all aglow and filling our home with its delightful fresh scent. Beautiful!
And what was keeping us so busy that our poor youngest son had to wait to decorate that tree? We were both making gifts. I especially love it when S gets time to create. He makes beautiful, useful items out of wood and he does it so well. Last year he made these walnut breadboards/serving boards and this year he is making walnut utensils like this butter spreader (and other secret things...or so I hear).
Such a fun time of year.