Putting up the holiday tree is a very special part of our winter holiday celebrations. We collect ornaments to commemorate special times, people, animals, occasions and, as each ornament is pulled from the bin, the story is told. The children now remember many of the stories and participate in the story telling. Every year, I get teary as our stories grow and are told in new ways.
This year we carried our eco-conscious mindset over to our holiday preparations/decorations. Our old tree lights were replaced with LED strands which use substantially less electricity, are safer (b/c they don’t put off as much heat), and last much longer. The kids are very excited about this new change. Though the picture doesn’t really do the tree justice, I thought it was sweet the way Sadie and Chris were both looking at the tree.
We also didn’t put up lights outside. We enjoyed the lights of others as we drove home from the town rec. center after evenings of basketball and swimming.