Monday, December 6, 2010

O Christmas Tree!

We are slowly but surely getting up all of our Christmas decorations. Last night we put up our live tree in the living room. This has always been one of my favorite Christmas traditions. John and I always put the tree up and get the lights on it, then the girls decorate while I bake cookies. After the tree is finished we eat our treats and enjoy the tree.



This tree is always our 'fun' tree that has decorations that we have had for years. Some of them are decorations that I have had since my childhood; others are ones that the girls have made over the years.



This year is a little bittersweet because we know that Catie will most likely be away at college next year when we trim the tree.



Although they have their sisterly moments (a.k.a. arguments), I know that they will miss each other.



Don't they look like angels?



After eating their cookies they danced...



...and danced...



...and danced.



Then came the star!



They used to argue over who got to put on the star. This year they didn't. I think they are growing up. Bittersweet!

16 comments:

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Your tree looks so festive. Your girls sure looked like they had a lot of fun.

-Danielle

Rebecca said...

I love "the dance" - and yes, they DO look like angels :) I don't need to tell you to enjoy every minute & treasure it all up in your heart...

tina said...

What fun! Your tree is beautiful.

Glenda said...

Fun, fun times . . . and memories made! You are blessed! Love the tree and girls' pics - which seem to say "joy to the world!"

Simple Southern Happiness said...

OH WOW! what awesome memories you are creating and looks like so much fun. Eating sweets makes me want to jump-a-round too from the sugar high. I love yoru tree, so festive and those large lights. Sure takes me back.

From the Kitchen said...

The girls decorating the tree brought back sweet memories of our boys doing the same. Now they are grown up with homes of their own, they still delight in being together.

Best,
Bonnie

Denise said...

How sweet and I love that you bake them cookies for all their hard work ;-)

Counting Your Blessings said...

Awwww... what a precious time. My oldest graduated a couple years ago and I thought he wouldn't be home that next Christmas but he actually still lives at home. We still have three younger kids at home too thank heavens. I don't know if I could handle them growing up if there weren't still morning hugs from the young ones.
Blessings... Polly

Joan Elizabeth said...

I'd like some of those cookies.

Maryrose said...

What a great post. I especially love their dancing....I remember when my girls would dance around the house (of course maybe that was to avoid the dishes...hummmm) It is a bittersweet moment when your intact family unit changes addresses and moves on to new adventures. I love your post, it brings back so many great memories for me. And to think I was excited at the thought of your live tree, that is until I kept reading :)
Enjoy!!!
Maryrose

JanMary said...

Love all the pics - hope my daughters get on so well when they are a bit older.

Baking cookies while tree is being decorated sounds like a lovely tradition.

Thanks for your visit and comment - such an encouragement :)

Allison said...

You are going to make me cry, Carla! Going away to college? Already?

Your girls will always have eachother, and though distance may separate them in the future, they will never forget your tree-trimming nights. You've given them a legacy! xoxo

Pam said...

Carla, I thought a smelled cookies baking but it looks like I'm to late to enjoy any tasty morsels.
Tree trimming is such a joyous occasion for your lovely angels. They remind me of my sister and I when we were their age.

Hugs,
Pam

sweetbay said...

Your tree looks great. We put up a live tree too.

Southern Fried Gal said...

So fun! I want to come decorate at your house!

Donna said...

I'm just catching up on some of your past posts and I soooo relate to this one, having two girls of my own (now age 21 and 25). Bittersweet was the perfect choice of words :)... Donna