Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We've Decked the Halls!

We were so nervous for the Civil War game last Saturday, we couldn't sit still! So we decided to get our tree... Every year, we go to one of Brady's dearest friends' place to get our Christmas tree. Tom and Janey planted over 800 Christmas trees the year I moved to the valley with Brady (10 years ago), and they are the most beautiful trees ever! It was a big business for the first few years they sold them, but now they have dwindled down, and the pickings were pretty slim. We still managed to find a darling tree, though, and the little B's loved riding on the trailer behind Tom as he drove the tree to our pickup. We didn't actually plan on getting the tree up, but the game was so nerve wracking, we just kept ourselves busy, and it was a WIN-WIN situation! The Ducks won and our Christmas decorating is done!
It was Brailey's year to put the angel on top of the tree. My Aunt Mary made this angel for me years ago, and she is so precious to me! Her face is porcelin, which Aunt Mary poured, fired and painted herself, and the dress is handmade out of lace and ribbon. Next year will be Britt's turn to put the angel on the tree.
My little decorators! They love, love, LOVE putting ornaments on the tree! Of course they put them all in one spot on the very end of the branch, so I have to come behind them and move things around, but they don't care. They just love to look at all the ornaments and hang them up, wherever they can. I give them a new ornament every year, and we also exchange ornaments with their Godparents, so there is a lot of meaning behind every single ornament. A lot of them are from one of my special friends who did that for me throughout the years, and I think of her every time I see one of the ornaments. I wish I could have recorded the process of my B's decorating the tree, but being the control freak I am, I had to micro-manage the hanging of the ornaments. Britt loves it every bit as much as Brailey, and he said, "Man! We are really decking our halls!" And after we were all done decorating everything, he said, "Our halls are decked!" So that is the big thing around here, now - we have "decked halls!"
 Pretending to be asleep under the blessed tree...
And a fun shot without the flash. My camera was doing something weird, this day, so the pictures didn't come out very clear. At least the memories are somewhat captured, though. Now everyone is bugging Big Mama to get some presents under there... (If only I had the time!) I'll get to it one of these days, though, and then our halls AND our tree will be "decked!"

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