When I was little, the idea of putting your Christmas tree up any time before the 15th December would have seemed extraordinarily early. Even a few years ago I’d have thought us a bit early if we’d gone for the first weekend in December, but times are changing and with the office Christmas trees going up just as soon as the calendars turned the page, the German market in Birmingham starting in the middle of November, and beautiful Christmas trees dancing their way through my Instagram feed it’s felt for the first time that we’ve left it a bit late, no matter how crazy that sounds.
But the plan always was that on Elma’s birthday we’d have the birthday decorations up and we’d choose the tree and then we could go all out Christmas from then on in.
So with the birthday girl in fine spirits we headed out to find our tree for the year. The little ones had a blast running up and down and checking out all of the trees in great detail before we finally found our one.
And I had fun taking their photos, including some incredibly sweet shots for Siblings tomorrow. H was teasing me something chronic for taking so many pictures but I know he really loves that we have all these pictures of our family as we’ve grown. I showed him the Instagram Husband video earlier in the week (which is hilarious if you haven’t seen it) so he gave me his very best Instagram smile:
Elma and Kitty were determined that we should choose the absolute perfect tree; Kitty wanted one to scrape the ceiling (a la Elf) and Elma just thought it should be really really big, but eventually we persuaded them that there was one tree that really was just right for us,
which naturally was the first tree we picked out, and the one that poor H had been holding all the time!
And so our tree came home, and sat on the patio while we got around to rearranging the lounge and then on Sunday it was finally time to decorate.
The children put their new baubles on before they went to bed and then when they were safely sleeping H and I put the Christmas music on, poured something lovely to drink and started decorating. It’s a little top heavy it’s true, decorated with very much a ‘put the fragile things out of Pip’s reach’ theme, but all our favourites are there, the baubles with the kids’ baby handprints, the red and white stripy one at the front that’s from H and my first married Christmas, souvenirs from holidays and the star from our honeymoon. And in among them there are the handmade; felt, cross stitch, beading, salt dough and lots of glitter, mostly made by me for now but with sizeable representation from both Kitty and Elma from various Christmases at nursery.
And now, sat here in the glow of our tree lights; now it feels like we’re ready for Christmas.