We are full in the Christmas spirit over at the Monroe house. I am always determined to do the season up right and this year is no exception, (even if we are still living in a construction zone). We start decorating every year on Black Friday, and this has been the most fun year yet because Cormac has actually helped! He was so into putting all the ornaments on the tree.
Every year I try to get a new ornament for Cormac, representing something he’s really into, and this year I found him a little school bus that actually looks quite a bit similar to the one he takes to school! He loved it.
Teddy “helped” by removing every ornament Cormac put on the tree.
But we got it done and it looks perfect. Although I’m already asking Brent for a bigger tree for next year. The high ceilings demand it.
And all aglow at night.
I was a bit sad we have no fireplace at the new house, and thus no mantel for stockings, but the staircase isn’t a bad spot for them.
And the moulding in our house is perfect for garland, I think.
I’ve been putting it up everywhere. We also put up some snowflake garland on our big dining room window, which the boys love.
I’m just loving making the house feel super festive. I even did some outside lights for the first time this year. We never did at our other houses because no one else did and I was lazy, but I went crazy with some net lights on our millions of hedges this year.
Not too bad for my first year. Luckily I have pretty cute helpers.
They also helped make a gingerbread house with me this morning. Cormac was super into it.
In fact he even critiqued exactly where Teddy was putting the sprinkles. Hilarious.
We have so many fun seasonal things planned, like a pancake breakfast with Santa (Cormac is dying to ask him for a semi-truck), a holiday baking class for Cormac, the Santa train, and our annual cookie decorating party! Seriously my favorite time of the year is a million times more fun with kids.