I know that Elf on the Shelf isn't everyone thing so I also wanted to post about our Christmas decorating. The first Saturday after Thanksgiving we always put up our Christmas Tree and we always have alot of fun doing it!!! We really wanted to get a real tree this year, but decided to let our tradition stand and use our $10 artificial tree at least one more year. We love this tree...even though it always seemed taller in our apartments than in our house.
|Each year, I always put on our bride & groom ornament from 2007|
|Annalyse's 2012 ornament|
We also took a photo of our family room, which we added a smaller artificial tree, some lights wrapped in garland and stockings, but those photos are on my phone. As much as I LOVE having an Iphone, which has a decent camera, I sometimes forget to take photos with our digital too. The outside of our house got Icicle Lights, which are pretty cute too! It wish it looked like Christmas threw up in our house, but we don't have enough decorations for that yet. Decorating a WHOLE house is so different from decorating a small apartment.
As the 2012 Christmas season quickly approaches, I hope everyone has fun decoration for and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It's really hard to keep from getting caught up in the recent black Friday, small business Saturday, and cyber Monday maddess and still keep yourself grounded in the real spirit of Christmas, but in our house we try to do it in both small and big ways.
We keep CHRIST in Christmas as much as we can. Even when we do silly commercial stuff like elf on the shelf or go Christmas shopping.