Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Decorating

I haven't really been in the Christmas spirit this year.  Okay, the truth is, it's not one of my favorite holidays.  I'm never all that excited about it.  I couldn't figure out why.  Then, last Friday, when the three of us were driving somewhere, Dylan said something that made it crystal clear.

"I can't wait until Merry Christmas is over, so I can go to the beach!"

Apparently, my kid is as much a warm weather person as I am! The temperatures have been in the 20's around here.  But, it is the gray, gloomy skies that get me. I was unmotivated for decorating.

But, Dylan was so excited about helping decorate the tree, that it got me excited.

He loved hanging the ornaments on the tree, constantly saying, "Here?! Is this a good place?"
Every few minutes he would exclaim, "It is lookin' good!"

When we put the train under the tree, he ran along side it, back and forth, back and forth. Winter is a tough time for a kid with that much energy!

Each ornament we took out of the box brought back a memory, and had me smiling. And, I realized that the decorating isn't really that important. It was the memory we were making, right then, with Dylan singing along to the Christmas songs on the radio, Jim grumbling about the Christmas lights and saying "That's it! I quit!" when another strand wouldn't turn on (like he does EVERY YEAR), and me snapping picture after picture.

Dylan's handprint when he was a year old

Christmas picture when Dylan was 2

Picture of Jim when he was 4 months old

Picture of Dylan when he was just born

Christmas picture when Dylan was only 1 month old

Backpack ornament with picture of Dylan on his first day of preschool

Christmas card picture when Dylan was 1

Our First Christmas together as husband and wife

The hand painted ornament we got on our vacation to Cancun, our last trip before Dylan!

Jim and I on the day were married

The three of us at Dylan's 1st Birthday party

Dylan's tree


blue china studio said...

Such a great collection of memories on your tree. How wonderful is that? Before you know it will be warm again...but personally I love this season and the colder weather!

The Girls' Mommy said...

We do a photo tree too! I love that! But yours came together much better, ours looks kinda sad this year. No matter--they loved putting up their own pictures this year.

Elissa said...

i love it! and you know what impresses me the MOST? YOU actually have the correct photos in the correct ornaments (i usually still have the papers that came in them!)

merry christmas j!!!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It looks gorgeous--and that's what I love about decorating--the trip down memory lane.

Brooke G. said...

What a great little helper. Kids make the holidays so much more magical!!! Your ornaments are darling. Merry Christmas!!!!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I love those memories! We have a few like that, but nothing as special as yours! I hope you had an awesome Christmas So sorry I did not get your card mailed out to you...hope you got my email today!