Annabel has been agitating to put up Christmas decorations ever since we saw our first Christmas tree at the mall. A few days before Thanksgiving, my dad came over and helped me pull all the lights and decorations out of the garage. While he hung the lights (he still isn’t wild about me going on the roof), I set up our artificial tree. I let Annie hang the stockings and a couple ornaments, but then she had to a) wait for daddy to be home, and b) wait for Daddy to be home after Thanksgiving, because in our house we respect the turkey, damn it!
She was also wearing a mermaid dress, because why not?
Yesterday I realized that I couldn’t hold her off from decorating anymore. She’s so desperate to make the house festive, and even though I want to include Mike, he doesn’t get home until an hour before bedtime and we have a lot of things to jam into that hour. So I laid out a bunch of decorations and ornaments, and let her go to town.
I have several boxes of decorations, but I’m feeling somewhat ambivalent about putting everything up this year. Maybe it’s because it’s a short Christmas season, so I know I’m going to have to pull it all down in less than a month (and I’ll hear how very unhappy someone is about that, too).
Or maybe I’m just like everyone else out there, exhausted.
I’m also trying to figure out how to keep Mike included in things while still letting Annie and James go about their days. I feel bad that he is missing out on little moments, so I send him about 1,000 photos a videos a day. I’m also putting aside little things for him.
The star was right in his wheelhouse.
I’ve decided Annie and I will decorate a little bit every day. That will give her a daily activity, and it will keep me from going crazy (in more ways than one).
Hardest job on the planet being a stay at home mom. I was a stay at home mom for two and a half years. I remember feeling like I was going to go crazy everyday!!! Hell I still feel like I’m going to go crazy everyday. My kids are 5 and 3. Parenting is no joke!!!
But you and Mike are simply amazing!!!
Barbi Emel says:
Don’t feel bad, half of my tree is decorated, decorations laying on the chair, fall corn wreaths still on the exterior doors and a pumpkin lantern hanging in the kitchen. I guess I’m really letting the holidays all run together this year, lol.
Annie is doing an awesome job! I miss when my kids were little (21 & 24 now). With them out of the house it just seems like there is no reason to decorate any more.
At least Annie can enjoy decorating throughout the season, making it last longer for her and saving your sanity in the process.
We’re not quite done decorating yet, either. At the rate we’re going, we should be done after New Year’s Day.
Is it bad that I don’t even want to put up a tree this year because I don’t want to deal with my twin 13 mo olds getting into it constantly?
I feel the same way. We put the tree up on Sunday while we watched football but didn’t put up MOST of the decorations.
Annie is doing an awesome job on her own!
Elizabeth Ann says:
I’m 28 (and my family calls me Annie)… and I had to move back to my parents this year and my mom finally gave me the go ahead to do the tree and other decorations last night… its been up and I keep putting the lights on at night driving everyone nuts.
I just want the best part of the year to be as long as possible- sounds like she does too…
Mary Brock says:
Heather, where did you get your stockings? I love them!!
They are from Pottery Barn!!
My human “baby” is 24. We have three kids of the canine kind and there is no way in hell I’m dealing with a tree and three dogs. Nope! Put a battery-operated lighted wreath on the door and called it good. FWIW, we’re the most festive house on our street. I’m DYING to get one of those inflatable giant snowmen, not for our yard, but to prank other people when they suddenly have a tasteless 10′ snowman in their front yard. If it weren’t against federal law, I’m sure some relatives would find a shelf elf in their mailbox.
I’m a 45 year old child…
That tree must be huge if Mike had to stand on a chair.