Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Decorating

The Friday after Thanksgiving, Brian and I decided we would decorate for Christmas. He was just as excited as I was about getting the boxes out and decorating! So Friday afternoon, we began.

Brian is in charge of putting the tree up. We don't have a very big or full tree but it's the first one we bought together so we enjoy it.  I was very interested to see what Mallory would think of all the Christmas decorations. Last year, she was 6 months old and we were able to put everything up while she sat there and looked at us. This year, I was pretty sure she wanted to be our little "helper" and I was right but I was really excited to have her help us.
Brian plugged in the lights and he was just as excited as Mallory!

Soooo pretty! I put Mallory in her Christmas pajamas and turned the Christmas music on. We were definitely in the Christmas spirit!
While Brian and Mallory were working on the tree, I was working on the mantle. I was so happy to be decoarting my mantle this year. I've always dreamed of our family stockings hanging from the mantle and this year, I had a mantle to hang them from! I headed to Hobby Lobby to get some stocking hangers and here we go:

I know it's not Martha Stewart but it makes me smile seeing our stockings hanging there.

No Mallory, nothing is in there yet

I got the Nativity scene to set out and of course Mallory wanted to help. Thankfully, she was more interested in the styrofoam instead of the breakable objects. Once I got it set up, she did want to take the shepard boy and baby Jesus and play with them. She was told No real fast. I guess I will have to get her the little people nativity set so my breakable one will stay safe!
As we were decorating, I couldn't help but think how fast a year goes by. This was our little girl at 6 months old last year.

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2012
In 2011, she just sat there and watched me work. 2012, she helped and as you can see below, was a little excited in trying to get the ornaments. I turned my head for two seconds and saw this:
Let's just say, all the sentimental ornaments are on the part of the tree she cannot reach :)
The finished product.

I just need to touch it one more time

Rockin around the Christmas Tree!

I love this pic because it sums up the excitement in my little girl's eyes...and in her voice :)

I truly love this time of year and look forward to sharing it with my family. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


katebradley said...

Your mantel looks great! And I love the last photo of Mallory :)

Andrea C. said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet memory you got of Mallory in that last photo. Love it!

Whitney Weir said...

I know what you mean about seeing that stocking there next to yours. I waited so long for that too! Love her Christmas pjs!