We love having birthdays and Christmas all rolled in to one month. No, really, we do. It means we get to visit more with family!
Papa and Grandmere came down before Christmas to celebrate Zoe and Liam’s birthdays. They got the added bonus of participating in some of our Christmas traditions. Dipping pretzels. And opening gifts.
And goofing around with Papa.
We’re those crazy people you see with the tree on top of their 12 passenger van. Oh yes. We are those people.
We loved the tree farm we went to for a couple of years but when we saw a different tree farm advertised and the prices they were promoting. Well, we had to go. The selection was not wonderful but I almost convinced Mark to get a 12 foot tree for $30. So, the price was just right. The people that ran the farm were super nice too.
While we didn’t get a 12 foot tree, we got the next largest.
It was so big ya’ll!
We put the tree in our two story entryway so we have room. Mark, however, had to do some trimming on the bottom and the big tree wound up being a good size but not too large.
It was full of holes. Bare on the bottom. Not perfect by any one’s eyes. But when we put it up and threw our memories on it…well, it was just perfect for us.
Our decoration was slow. I was lagging the whole season as the reality that Y was not going to be home by Christmas sunk in. And then we were creeping closer and closer to Emmie’s appointment to discuss surgery. But we had some really precious moments…
Emmie had to stare at the nativity (that my grandmother had painted a lot of years ago). She loved pointing to Jesus and saying, “Baby.” Those precious moments helped my sad heart to make it through the season.