I love December. And I especially love December through the eyes of children. December means Advent calendars and Christmas trees and snow globes. It means Jingle Bells and Dominick the Donkey playing on repeat. The Fisher Price Nativity Scene becomes a toy that is played with daily while Santa hats and reindeer antlers joined our dress ups this month. The cold weather is here to stay, and the little ones are eagerly anticipating the first real snow. We had a coating the other morning, but just enough to cover the grass and make us wish there were a few more inches for snowmen and snow angels. Everyone has practiced wearing all their snow gear around the house, so we are ready to go when the real thing arrives.
We cut down our Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago. This is the third time we've piled into the car and driven up to Easton to the find the tree that is just right for us, and it has quickly become one of my favorite Christmas traditions. This year, Lilly had opinions regarding which trees we should or shouldn't cut down (imagine that!), Jack loved running between all the Christmas trees, jumping in the puddles of mud and hiding (while tripping over every tree stump in sight), and Hannah was Hannah. She tried to balance on the tree stumps, she learned to say "tree stump" and she ran around chasing the other two, making sure she was a part of everything they were doing.
|It was Lilly's snack week at school this week. We made a few Christmasy snacks, including a tree out of cheese cubes and grapes. And then finished off the week with our grand finale: mozzarella snowmen.|
|A family photo after we found our tree|