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Day 3 – Choose new Christmas music – each person gets to pick 3 songs.
Even Master 0. He wanted a turn on the flashy box.
Mr. 6 sharing the story with Master 0 for the first time.
Day 2 – String popcorn to hang on the Christmas tree.
It has been our habit to put up our tree as soon as possible after Thanksgiving and enjoy it as long as possible. The older boys and I went our Friday night to our local Home Depot to find a tree – note to self, do not go alone to get a Christmas tree with two excited boys when you actually want to spend time looking at each tree and cannot actually carry the tree to the front yourself. It was actually lightly raining and rather cold not to mention dark at 5pm so the garden section was pretty empty. The boys ran from tree to tree exclaiming how perfect each one was – the only other couple looking for a tree seemed very entertained by us. Once we finally picked a tree, I went to the front to ask if someone could help us carry our 8 foot tree to the front. The man at the front told me he couldn’t do it but he would find someone. I went back to find the boys in the tree and waited. And waited. Finally I dragged the tree slowly toward the front. About halfway there, as I was telling Mr. 6 that next year we should get our Christmas tree someplace else, this very nice employee came across us and offered to help. He apologized and told him no one had told him that anyone needed help!
The first man checked us out and we had this conversation
Me: Do you have any pointsettas?
Him: I don’t know – is that a plant?
Me: Yes. You know, the red flower things people have at Christmas.
Him: I think we’ll have to get one of the garden specialists.
Me: No really, those plants with red leaves that you always have a million of.
Him: Look, I’m not a plant specialist. You’ll have to ask someone else.
Ah, this may be why we were stranded in the back. No tree specialist around.
After all that, we got home with our tree and had great fun decorating. Everyone helped out.
The boys enjoyed their Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal on the actual day but we got to spend Saturday having a wonderful Thanksgiving party with dear friends. It was quite a crowd – kids actually outnumbered adults this year! We are amazing blessed with a healthy happy family, wonderful friends, good health, the list could go on and on. As much as I wish I remembered to count my blessings every day, it’s good to have a day to be reminded and to be thankful!
We thought we’d try something a bit different this year with our Advent calendar. In the past we’ve filled it with toys or candy which is well-received but doesn’t quite do the task of making the boys think about what we’re actually preparing for. So this year the calendar is filled with little slips of paper which have a task that we do together in order to get ready for Christmas.
Day 1: Make paper snowflakes and decorate the windows
At first the boys were a bit hesitant but soon got into the spirit and we had a whole pile of lovely snowflakes. Of course we had to make a quick stop on the way home from work just to get paper as all the paper in the house had been used up on masterpieces covering a wide range of subjects – the alphabet of Asher’s language, the immune system, circuits, math problems, hand-drawn “blogs”, unscramble word games, etc. Paper is a precious commodity around here.