|Thanks to Grandma for taking this picture!|
In October, Elle made me sign a contract that we would decorate for Christmas on the first weekend of December - and since that was clearly my signature she was waving under my nose two weekends ago, we started decorating. Most importantly, Pea and Elle put up their Christmas trees in their bedrooms. This tradition started with me and Pea, when she was two. Of course at the time the pine tree was barely two feet high in a pot. The tree has grown with her over the years, and as our families joined, Elle has been enjoying one as well. They now each have a previously loved full size artificial tree in their rooms, which means Elle has to go the basement to use her desk and Pea had to take out anything she might use from her closet for the rest of the month. But it is worth it.
The girls have received ornaments as Christmas gifts all of their lives, from us and various family members, which means they already, at 11 and 15, have enough ornaments to fill a full size tree. It's fun to see the different ones they received, reflecting their various ages and changing tastes.
This past weekend we went to the New Ross Christmas festival to cut our Christmas tree, check out the craft fair, go for a hike, and enjoy hot potato pancakes at a German market. This is our third year (since we bought the house) that we have picked and cut our tree from Balsam Country Farms U-Pick, a family run farm that also offers (free) hot apple cider and cookies - I would very much enjoy a cup right now!
|Our nephew is carrying on the tradition of having his own bedroom Christmas tree - bottom right|
My mother and sister and family were joining us, however got lost. After nearly an hour of waiting, we went ahead without them since it was rather cold :) - just as we returned with our tree they had arrived and promptly found a tree of their own. We all warmed up together for lunch, and it was great having the chance to catch up and enjoy our nephew's shananigans.
After our day out, we had the chance to spend time with Serge's brother and family. There was much screaming as the kids ran around the basement with hubby chasing them in an Einstein wig (clearly, the antibiotics have helped Elle), and the next day the girls shared our annual tradition of decorating gingerbread houses with their cousins.
It was a lovely weekend, sharing Christmas traditions and activities with our family, a wonderful way to start the holiday season.