Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Kids Christmas Tree

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This is the first year we have decided to carry on a tradition I grew up with. A "kids" or "family" tree. My mom always had a beautiful, more elaborate or formal tree in the main family room of the entry of the house that was the pretty tree. Then every year we would go as a family and pick our our family tree that went downstairs and was decorated with all of our family ornaments, and the ones we made at school or in church. My mom would let us decorate it as we pleased and tree we had all our presents under Christmas morning. Its a nice way to have a pretty and perfect tree in one place and have the kids participate in the other tree.
So this year we started the tradition.
Last weekend when Eric's mom Sue was in town, we took the kids and Uncle Ban to go tree shopping with us.

The kids liked and wanted every other tree they saw but agreed on one in the end.
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Then we came home, turned on Christmas music and took out all the kids and family ornaments we have collected over the years.... and let the kids go to work all on their own..
They were in heaven decorated everything how they wanted...

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They also completely ignored the conventional styles of decorating...
Like spacing out the ornaments
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And not hanging any ornaments too low...
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and using a star for the tree topper (they chose this dunce hat looking thing, that is actually a table decoration, I think its pretty odd looking but who are we to question their creative minds)
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and they for sure didn't worry about over tinseling - any tinsel is too much in my book but my kids thought there couldn't be enough tinsel.
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Lucy didn't help decorate but she did enjoy watching and army crawling towards and decoration left on the ground...
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So proud of their final product.
Kandell Family Tree 2010
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