I’m Dreaming of a BLUE Christmas Pt. 2: Trimming the Tree and some sad stockings :(12:56:00 PM
We picked up our tree for a great price the other day at Walmart. It’s an 8 footer I think for $32! The last couple of Christmas' we’ve purchased our trees from Lowes or Home Depot and spent at least double that price--so I was pleased.
Nia snipped the netting . . .
and we let Jyren trim the stem with the jigsaw (with supervision of course) and then began our Christmas tree decorating tradition . . .
(Nia posing in front of the tree-always ready for the camera! I cheated this year and bought the net of lights (typically for outdoor use) but it covered the tree nicely and evenly except for the bottom.)
Typically we blast Destiny Child's 12 Day’s of Christmas cd and sip some hot chocolate while we all gather around the tree to begin decorating. Jyren usually helps me drape on the lights and my daughter enjoys hanging the ornaments . . .
But this year it was different. As annoying as some of the songs may be (sorry Beyonce fans), it just became a tradition to listen to it while we decorated. But we noticed last year that that cd was showing some wear, like major, major wear. So we weren’t able to listen to it without it skipping every 2 seconds!
We let Cayden hang the first ornament . . .
and he was very pleased with himself (notice his hacked mohawk? I’m guilty of that)
Then Jy placed the star at the top of the tree.
After that . . . everyone disappeared!
My children are growing older(but not that old!), and I’m starting to realize this. What used to be an event that was so anxiously awaited, became more like a chore for them this year (*tear*).
Even little Cayden got bored with the tree decorating and found himself preoccupied with a game of cars under the kitchen table. Every now and then he would give me a heartwarming “Wow!” when looking at the tree, but that was it!
So friends, what’s a girl to do? Well, I took it upon myself to decorate the tree by myself for a while . . .
and then I got bored and began guilting the kids into helping me.
I added lights and some wood to the faux fireplace, I also hung the drop cloth stockings that I made last year . . .
The names were added using t-shirt transfers.
I hope to redo or reinforce them this year becasue after filling them, they began to tear apart, lol. I would also love to add a little trim to them--
something like Brandi did with her beautiful stockings at Don’t Disturb this Groove (you have to go visit her to see them!)
Check out the sad thing that happened to us with our tree here.