Friday, December 12, 2008

Smells Like Christmas

It smells like Christmas around here! Scott brought a tree home the other day... and like most men, insists on having the real thing instead of the easy fake tree. It's all about the smell, he says. That's fine with me. Whatever floats his boat. I'll make the sacrifice and sweep up the fallen pine needles every once in a while. It does smell good.

So last night we popped open the bottle of champagne I won at last weekend's swim race...

And searched out our box of lights, ornaments and other holiday decorations... all the while dancing around the house and listening to The Bare Naked Ladies Holiday album where they sing songs that go Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg...

It's always fun to get out the box of ornaments to hang on the tree. I love Christmas tree ornaments. I've got some that are pretty meaningful to me.. some that were given to me by students I used to teach, some I collected from my travels around SE Asia years ago, and some given as gifts from local friends. I think ornaments make awesome gifts and love to find ones that bring back good memories.

A few days ago Moana and I went to the mall and got this special one for this year...

We also got another one that says Baby's First Christmas and there's room for a picture of her on it. How fun is that one going to be in years to come?

We hung the stockings with care... which actually made us laugh because we don't have a third one that matches... last year at this time it never occurred to either of us that we'd be hanging a third stocking for our daughter! But it was really fun.

Too bad Moana slept through the whole thing!

7 comments:

N.D. said...

OMG love the new ornament and the 1st christmas one will be so cute!! I like the tree! We have a fake one and this year bought smelly stuff to plug into the wall to make it smell real! I love ornaments though. Such a fun tradition. Sounds like a fun decorating process, we have our ceremony tomorrow, hehe. So cute baby Moana!!!

cat. said...

that's fantastic! i totally agree with scott about getting a real one for the smell and with you about the significance/importance of the special ornaments. thanks for sharing it ... and i LOVE the ornament of the three of you.
what a gift you got this year, huh??
cat.

X-Country2 said...

That teacup ornament of your new little family is adorable!

Roo said...

Oh- I love the old ornaments with memories. My parents still hang one on their three that I took a bite out of when I was little! She'll love seeing those ornaments in the years to come!

Jennifer Harrison said...

Oh, love the ornament. Each year we get a new ornament from something "special" that year. The kids are only 6 (twins) and we look at each of them each year...and talk about the ornament, etc. I did it growing up and I continue to do the traditions with our kids...and, like your hubby, I MUST have a real tree...and it is huge...just the way I like it. Merry Christmas! Sure is a special year for you w/ the birth of Moana!

Angela and David Kidd said...

You are a better wife than me being willing to sweep up the needles. I don't think David has remembered to water our tree in while.

Rebecca DeWire said...

I LOVE the tea cup ornament. You have motivated me to make/buy something special for Elena's first Christmas.