It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Or, if you are like me, it’s the most stressful time of the year!
I want to know who these people are who can have their homes decorated by December 1st. HOW do they do it? My goal was the 1st. Alas, the tree wasn’t up and finished until the 12th. And my tree, I mean trees. My husband and I are both fiercely passionate about our Christmas trees. I insist on a real, lovely scented, sticky sap and prickly-needled tree. He insists on a fake tree. Our compromise? Two trees. But this means twice the work and twice the decorating.
Also, have you strung lights on a real tree with a preschooler and toddler at your feet? It seriously took me days. My son is going to have such heartwarming memories of decorating the tree with his mama. “I SAID STOP! Don’t put that ornament there! That’s breakable don’t touch! GO SIT ON THE COUCH AND JUST WATCH!” Ah, the magic is palpable.
We wanted to create this little wooded Christmas wonderland for them (which we did) and I wanted to sit on our cozy couch and read Christmas books (which we do). Is it too much to ask that they just enjoy and stop touching things? Yes. Yes it is too much. This is why there are few ornaments on the bottom third on the tree.
Back to my reading on the couch. What books am I reading you wonder?
Grap a cuppa and I shall regale you with my current top ten reads for the season.