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Family Christmas Traditions

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My husband and I don’t have a ton of Christmas tradtions yet, but one we do have is putting the tree up on December 1. He definitely gets more excited about it than me, but once we get going I start to feel the Christmas spirit. This year we were delayed in setting up the tree because of our newest addition, and the fact that we didn’t have a good way to stop her from getting the tree. Rob didn’t mind, but he wasn’t the one that was going to have to be on constant watch🙄. 

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I finally caved, and we ended up putting the tree up without having a baby fence. Rob was so excited to put it up that he forgot he had a massage booked and missed it! Oops…😬 We put the baby in her jail and went to work. The Christmas carols were turned on and glasses of rum and eggnog with a hint of nutmeg were prepared.  Evie was lovin’ the carols so much she was standing swaying back and forth in her play pen. It was such a different experience having her there, even though she couldn’t do much in the way of participating.

We have a 7′ fake tree that has stood up (pun intended) well over the last 7 years that Rob and I have had it. Rob is obssessed with having enough lights on the tree, and every year we somehow haven’t had enough lights, despite buying more each season. This year though, I was prepared. I had bought an extra strand last year that we didn’t use. Sure enough, when we went to put on the lights, we needed that last strand. Hopefully that’s it because I don’t think the plug could handle more then the 700 we already have. 

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how sparkly are thy branches
I’ll pull on them and you will fall; ornaments, lights and all
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how sparkly are thy branches
-Me, adapted from the song “Oh Christmas Tree”

Our tree hasn’t evolved a ton over the years. We began with only gold and burnt orange decorations. Again, Rob likes themed trees. The lights had to be white and we were only allowed two colors for decorations. I didn’t mind because my family never had a tree when I was growing up, so I didn’t have a preference. I had to admit that it looked quite stunning once it was decorated. 

We have added a few other types of decorations now that don’t follow the gold and orange theme. I convinced Rob that putting ornaments that had been given to us was more important than sticking to the theme. I don’t think it detracts from the overall look either. I’m sure as the years go by, though, that the ornaments will eventually fall apart and the ones the kids collect over the years will end up on there instead. It will definitely be interesting to compare our first tree to one 20 years from now!

What does your tree look like, if you have one? Do you have any traditions surrounding the tree or Christmas in general? Drop a comment below, and let all of us know!

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