Last year, we went and chopped down a tree on a beautiful day in November. This year, for budgetary reasons, we opted for a real one from Costco–$30 and its beautiful.
Bringing it in the house and putting it up was pretty exciting for Elijah. (not such a good experience for RJ’s back though)
And then he was very into helping daddy put up the lights. He followed RJ around the tree in circles with a handful of lights for about 15 minutes…and then he was done helping and just wanted to play with the lights.
We still have one or two boxes of decorations in the basement, but haven’t got around to putting the other ones up since Elijah likes to throw the “balls” and play with the current ornaments that are within his reach. The bottom half is completely shatter-proof or monkey-friendly, so I am hesitant to put more ornaments up that are glass or breakable because he already has become accustomed to pulling the shatter-proof bulbs off, yelling “ball! ball!” and tossing it across the room.
One of the boxes of ornaments we did put up contained all of our Disney ornaments. We are dangerously close to having a strictly-Disney-ornament-filled-tree and I am totally okay with that. Although, we would still need to put some special ones that we have up, like the ornament that RJ proposed to me with…
Eli loved looking at all the Disney ornaments, and wanted to hold each one. I think it’s fun for him to recognize the different ornaments and will often randomly point and yell “minnie!” or “lightning!” It is pretty cute.
And we have plenty of monkey-friendly ones that he put up (and removes daily).
We call the star our Hidden Mickey star. You can’t really tell from the picture, but it has Mickey heads swirled into it. We bought it on our babymoon in Disney World.
I love these special Christmas traditions we are beginning and continuing as a family.
I hope you and your family are enjoying every second of Christmas as much as we are!
If you’re curious, Elijah’s super cute union suit jams, with his name on the butt are from Personal Creations. They were super cheap when I bought them back in early November–it looks like they are full price now and mostly sold out.