Per our tradition, we spent the Friday after Thanksgiving gearing up for the Christmas holidays. I know I say it all the time, but I really can't imagine a stage more fun than where my sweet kiddos are now. They ate up every single second of decorating! Harris helped bring all the boxes out of the attic and even worked with Ben to decorate the yard. Babe spontaneously sang Christmas carols all day long, and both kids gasped and exclaimed and grinned like crazy at every item we pulled out of the boxes.
Decorating the tree was a HUGE hit this year. Once Ben got it set up, Harris, Hadley, and I went to town with the ornaments. The kids were engaged the entire time and loved hearing stories about each ornament before placing it on the tree.
For the record, they're wearing their pajamas by request. Harris said the only thing more fun than decorating for Christmas would be decorating for Christmas in his pj's, so we went with it...it was a great decision!
Hadley was thrilled with all the "Christmas animals," and everybody got a big kick out of all the noise-making items we own. :) Reuniting with the beloved Rudolph and Clarice dolls we made at Build-a-Bear last year was by far the highlight of the morning, though.
In just a few hours, we managed to set up and decorate two trees, line the inside and outside of the house with lights, find places for all of the figurines, hang stockings, set out the Christmas china (totally Ben's!), and even read a few Christmas books.
We celebrated our accomplishments with lunch at Johnny's and a quick rest time before moving on with the rest of our day. We'll spend the next few days anxiously awaiting the arrival of Herman, our Elf, who according to Harris arrives on December 1, and then counting down the days until Emmy's debut not too much later.
Merry, Merry Christmas, y'all!