Putting up the Christmas tree this year was (actually, surprisingly) very fun. The evening started off with Marc messaging me from the library that he was looking forward to the boerenkole I was making for supper, but his picture of supper was idyllic more because he was stuck at the library and less because suppertime is such a “pleasant, peaceful family time”.
It took me all of ten seconds to decide to make supper better than his idealized vision. I got the kids changed into “Christmasy” clothes (since we always take pictures of them once the tree’s up, anyway), then the little kids help me set the table, and we had all the lights off save for two candles on the table around which the kids all sat waiting when Marc walked in. Supper was good.
Then Luke helped me haul in the Christmas tree box from the entrance while Marc cleared everything out of the corner where the tree was going. Luke was very excited. I mean, they all were. But Luke was transferring that excitement into things like actually helping with the assembly of the tree. Here he is giving Marc the top section of the tree:
This picture sums up well the three kids tonight. Madeline in her own world dancing to the Rankin Sister’s Christmas album (still one of my favourites!). Luke making sure dad is doing everything right with the tree assembly. And Olivia. You can’t really tell in this picture, but she was being a cat the entire time we were getting ready, and mostly crawled or curled up on the floor or asked to be “petted”.
The the worst part: waiting for the lights to go up. “The tree is up! We should be able to put decorations on it.” But noooo! There are extension cords to be found, and deciding how many strings of lights to put up, and trying to figure out how to hide the white-corded strings in the middle, and waiting and waiting and waiting.
But the kids did a wonderful job of decorating. I can tell they’ve grown up because it’s no longer “five ornaments on one branch” kind of thing. They did a great job and it made the whole process go really quickly and enjoyably.