Welcome back to another edition of Tell Me Something Tuesday Holiday Edition. Each week a new question to answer. Head over to Cambria Hebert's blog for all the details and link up!
This week's question:
Deck the Halls! Tell us your favorite way to decorate for the holidays! Also, tell us about your Christmas Tree (if you have one – if you don’t tell us what you do celebrate!) feel free to post a picture!
Before we had kids, my husband and I always flew home to Idaho to spend the holidays with my family. We did this for twelve years. Often times, we didn't bother to decorate or even put up a tree since I wouldn't be at my house for Christmas. I finally did buy one of those small two foot tall trees and put up a few decorations, but inevitably would hate to return home after the first of January and have to tear it all down. Now that we have kids we have started our own Christmas traditions. Sadly, we don't get home to Idaho during the holidays, with a four and two year old it is too much hassle and too expensive. So now we do our own tree and decorations.
When Risa was one year old, I decided to paint and decorate my own wooden ornaments. My sister and husband cut out a bunch of ornaments from my grandpa's old patterns so that made them even more special, and then I also purchased more online and at the local craft store. I spent three months working diligently on them every day while Risa napped. They were very labor intensive as I painted both sides and glittered them completely. I totally had glitter all over the kitchen floor and the garage was a glitter slut. In the end they turned out gorgeous and the tree sparkles.
Because I like to irritate my husband with the glitter, he loves it so much, each year I make two annual ornaments for my kids. The last couple of years, I was able to get picture window ornaments and put their current pictures in them. I think this is a spectacular way to preserve their faces each year and I know as they get older they will enjoy helping with the process. I have included some pictures of many of the glitter ornaments including this year and last year's picture ornaments.
Here are the picture window ornaments from 2011 and 2012.
Another tradition that we started this year was an advent calendar. I always wanted one of those calendars where you open the doors as a kid. I finally found the perfect advent calendar this year at Costco. It is musical and animated and plays 24 different Christmas songs. A different one for every day when you open the door. My two and four year old are already begging to open the door each day. I can only put candy behind the door from day to day as I do not trust them. They are always climbing up to check out the doors and opening them just to make sure. I am certain this will be a tradition that they enjoy for many years to come.
What are some of your holiday decorating ideas?