Being away from home, away from friends and family, away from traditions can derail your holiday spirits. And while it seems the girls are wholeheartedly embracing the idea of a simple, family Christmas they are listing all the dolls, fairies and toys they would also like. We spent last weekend listening to non-stop Christmas music, putting up purchased decorations, making decorations and watching Christmas movies together. The girls have made foam ball snowmen and lots of paper snowflakes. I decorated stockings with glitter glue. We have big pine cones beckoning us to pour glitter on them and tie them with ribbons. I bought a little artificial Christmas tree (stealing one from the forest was seeming like an increasingly bad idea). At home, I like my Christmas tree to look nice. Or maybe I should say I like it to look the way I want it to look. Organized, color-themed, symmetrical, non-commercial. I have red and silver bulbs with with white and red lights. I have homemade ornaments and store-bought ornaments and but for one Maxine figurine I have no tinkerbells, barbies, pooh bears, or other cartoon characters on my tree. But I decided here to buy non-red ornaments, colored lights and to let the kids completely decorate it on their own.
It also snowed a bit. The kids thought it was amazing! They went out and ran in the snowflakes, we took a hike in the woods. It certainly wasn’t going to stick. It didn’t even look like snow as it hit the pavement or the grass. Either way though, the kids loved it!