We started putting up the Christmas decorations the weekend before Thanksgiving. With two small children (aka mommies little helpers) and going out of town for the holidays, it's the only way we can get it all up and have time to enjoy it.
We started the process on Friday night after the kids were in bed. We managed to get both of the trees up so they were ready for decorating with the kids the next morning! Owen was so surprised and excited when he saw the tree....he thought Buddy the elf (our elf on a shelf) brought it!!
Owen really enjoyed decorating the tree for his room! He insisted on doing it all (mostly) by himself.
The finished product...
The Little People Nativity was also a big hit. Owen loved setting it all up and Ava Kate loved carrying them all around the house....especially baby Jesus!
Owen also wrote a letter to Santa (with a little help)...
Owen loved climbing up in the chairs to "reach" a higher spot on the tree, but since the chair didn't move....neither did the ornaments! He climbed up and down the same chair for almost thirty minutes putting as many ornaments as he could fit onto that one spot on the tree! It was precious....and he was so proud of himself!
Ava Kate couldn't quiet figure out how to make the ornaments stay on the tree, but that didn't stop her from trying!
It took a few days, but we got it done...
The weather was perfect for putting up the outside lights, so we made it a family affair. Josh did most of the work, but the kids and I helped with the trees between playing golf, baseball, doing side walk chalk, and going a wagon ride!