Saturday, December 4, 2010

Deck the Halls

We have been busy getting our home ready for Christmas.  Everyone has been helping out.
We put our tree up a few days ago and when we went to put the lights on, all 5 strands were burnt out.
We went to get more lights and I asked Annabelle if she wanted colored or white.  She chose my second choice of colored, but I really want her to feel a part of the decorating.  They girls were big helpers with putting the ornaments on.  After a day, they kept taking them off and using them for their treasures and collections.

Annabelle was having a hard time understanding when Christmas would be here.
We had snow, we had a tree, it was night time.  Why wasn't it Christmas?
I pulled out this cute Christmas count down.  You can print off one here.
It is helping her to see how long we have to wait.

This is our December calendar.  I used stars because I want to keep reminding Annabelle that Christmas is about Jesus being born.  I have a baby Jesus in a manger that I was laminating, but it got stuck.  Hopefully we will have it tomorrow.  We will move baby Jesus along each day until we get to his birthday.

Annabelle took a break to pick out some treats we can make.

I found these cute polka dot letters and thought they looked cute here,
especially under our gingerbread family.
We were even able to get the "c" floating!

I usually set up a tree with berries and gold.  This year Annabelle took over that tree, but I love my berries so much I decided to put them on my hutch.  I do wish the wreath was higher, but I hung it myself, so it will be okay.  I actually took down the present.  It wasn't quite the look I wanted.  I'm thinking a framed photo might look nice there.

My mom brought over this cute Santa.  I didn't love the idea of hanging him on my front window (he has a suction).  I was able to tack him to the bathroom wall.  It is the perfect amount of light at night.

This is one of the trees that Annabelle decorated in her bedroom.  I usually just plug this fiber optic tree in and call it good for the girls.  This year they had to add their own ornaments to it.  They actually got their ornaments from some that Chelsea decided she didn't want anymore.  She took a dress up outfit and use that as a tree skirt.

This is the tree that I like to put by the front door and decorate with berries or a red and white theme.  I decided to just keep it downstairs.  The lights weren't working to I told Annabelle we would decorate it later.  The next thing I know, her and Ariel are hard at work on their masterpiece.  I am going to forgo the lights on this tree because it is too precious to take apart.  At one point there was an egg beater on the tree.

I made these Cinnamon Salt Dough Gingerbread Cookies.  Completely inedible, but it looks like I have a plate of cookies ready to go.
The recipe is really simple - 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup cinnamon, 3/4 cup water.  Mix together.  Roll out.  Cut out gingerbread boys or girls.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 60-75 minutes at 300 degrees.  The smell of cinnamon does get a bit overwhelming, but it calms down  soon enough.  
I did call James to prepare him, since he hates cinnamon.

I made a couple of these cute felt Christmas trees.  The girls had fun decorating them.  
It could be a great way to practice shapes.

Annabelle loves figurines and set up a bunch of snowmen.  I also found a few decorations that I was looking for set up by her bed.  I am going to leave them for her.  She really enjoyed getting things set up.

I have one last decoration to post.  Once I get it hung I will show it to you and let you know where you can get your own.
Decorations, presents, get togethers are always lots of fun, but lets not forget the real reason for this holiday season.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

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