Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Schwartz's vs Decking the Halls

So I added a wreath above the front bedroom window but haven't bothered to go out and take a picture of it.  

It has been 2 years since we decorated for Christmas.  Two years ago I was pregnant with Sarah and just didn't have the energy and last year we went to FL for Christmas so we didn't decorate at all.  We didn't even buy a tree.  

So this year, courtesy of Pinterest I found tons of good ideas and went to decorating heaven.  We made one too many trips to walmart and hobby lobby.  
Frosty here is from Pinterest.


Chris took the day off work to decorate.  I was supposed to keep Sarah and the kids inside but it was such a beautiful day we had to go outside and help daddy.  Sarah was so cute!  She immediately went over and started trying to help Chris.  She was handing him stakes.  And going and getting him other things he'd ask for.

Then she had him explain to her how to put the stakes in and she tried to do it herself.

Finally she crawled into his lap and started explaining to me how to do the lights.  She told me, "it go here.  Then push.  tada!" 

That evening my parents were in town for a youth temple trip and they helped us decorate the tree while Sarah was sleeping.  She woke up to find a tree in her living room.  It was a little anti-climatic.  There were no instant ooohs and ahhhhhs.  She's not really a morning person.  She has to have her milk first thing in the morning before she'll be pleasant.  So after she finished her milk then she got off the couch and started inspecting the tree.  I think she likes it.  She pointed out the different ornaments.  And quickly learned "no touch!".  So we haven't had any problems with her messing with it.

My most favorite and prized Christmas decoration are our stockings.  Grandma Pat (my dad's mother) has made a stocking for every member of the Smith family.  It started with her own 5 children.  Then when they married she made one for their spouses.  Then as they started having children she made them for her grandkids.  When I got married, mom gave me mine.  And that same Christmas we got the most wonderful package in the mail: Chris got his stocking.  Last year, when we were in FL grandma gave me Sarah's.  And now I check the mail every day waiting for Cody's to arrive.  I can't imagine Christmas without our stockings.  Every year when we get them out I think about how I need to learn how to do this so that when my kids are grown and having kids of their own they'll each have a Smith family stocking.  I am so thankful for Grandma Pat doing this for everyone.  I'm not quite sure how many she's made.  I've lost count of how many of us there are including cousins and now cousins having kids.  But if I had to guess I would put the number at somewhere between 40-50.  I know I'm not doing a great job explaining how special these stockings are.  I have such fond memories of FL Christmases with all of our stocking hung together.  I just hope that my children cherish them as much as I do.  
(This is all of the David Smith's clan of stockings from last FL Christmas in 2010.)

Finally, we took Sarah to pick out her first ornament for the tree.  I was sure she would pick a Mickey or Minnie Mouse one but she zeroed in on the Winnie the Pooh ornaments.  There were 4 for her to choose from and we handed them to her 2 at a time until she settled on the one with Pooh eating from a honey pot.  It actually worked out perfectly because one of the baby's first Christmas ornament this year was a Pooh one.  And I picked a snowman ornament for our family ornament.  If Chris had his way our family ornament would have been the Slave I, Boba Fett's ship.  I'm glad he agreed on the snowman ornament.  

However, as much as he loves her Winnie the Pooh ornament, and she points it out every day.  She's equally enjoying her Elf, Oliver.  Every morning she looks to find his new hiding spot and tells him good morning.

And she especially loves her Little People nativity set.  She plays with it every day.  About 5 minutes after I put it back on the desk she wants me to get it back down so she can play some more.
It was definitely a smart purchase.  She loves it!



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