Last weekend we put up some Christmas decorations. It was a little extra special for us in that this is our first Christmas on the farm. And last year we didn’t decorate because we were
too sad to do much of anything going to be in Florida for a week and 1/2 over Christmas.
We have the same tall skinny tree we’ve had for the past few years. We are going to have to do something different in a year or two because we are running out of room for all our ornaments. We’ve always given the kids one each year and last year we started buying one for Grama and Papa too. Plus we have our family ornament. So that’s a minimum of four new ones every year.
This year our family ornament is …
That was a no-brainer, huh!? We love our chickens!
The kids are always good helpers putting the tree together.
And putting ornaments up. We gave Holly most of hers from when she was growing up, but we still have a few. It’s so fun to show them to the kids.
All decorated! Except for the kids’ ornaments. They won’t get them til the week before Christmas. This year Angel will get a book (if I can find one) because she learned to read, and a kitty because she loves kittens and she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Caleb will get a super-hero, probably his favorite Hulk if I can find it, and since he wants to be a worker and a builder when he grows up, I found one with a bunch of tools. : )
We did another special tree this year.
I spoke briefly of the tumbleweed tradition here. Basically one year when us kids were little, our parents couldn’t afford to get a Christmas tree. And so Dad went out and found a huge tumbleweed. We spray painted it white and put tinsel all over it. The past few years, Mom and Dad would get a tumbleweed for their Christmas free. It kinda turned into a family joke.
I told Pat last weekend that I really wanted to try to find a small tumbleweed that we would decorate in honor of Mom and Dad. We were on our way home from Sioux Falls and I said a prayer to myself that we’d be able to find one. Within about a minute I saw one in a culvert. Pat pulled over and I ran over to get it. It was the perfect size. The kids and I spray painted it and decorated it with tinsel.
I got that frame last year. It says, “I’ll be home for Christmas,” and talks about being in heaven for Christmas. It’s hard to look at, but I also need it there, if that makes sense.
Last but certainly not least, we did a little decorating outside.
This was also very special, as we decorated with the star and nativity set that Mom and Dad had at their house. Dad had built the star a few years back and they put it on the outside of their house way up. Their house was on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River and you could see it from the Interstate a few miles away. It was the neatest thing. Pat agreed that we needed to put the start up on our house.
We thankfully had a pretty nice day to get the star put up. And the kids were eager to help. They actually were mad because they couldn’t get on the roof.
So they played with the “sheep” instead.
And then Pat made me get up on the roof. That was not fun. Except it was kinda cool because the sky was beautiful that day and you could see for miles. I told Pat it’d be cool to climb up there and look at stars some night. He said ok ya sure. Which I think means that’ll never happen.
The view at night.
“For unto us a Child is born!”