I get a little out of the Christmas spirit when we're bombarded weeks in advance with holiday displays in the store. It started even before Halloween that I was seeing wrapping paper and trees in the stores. By the time Thanksgiving arrived, I was already overloaded.
But, once we got the tree inside and got lights on it, it felt like Christmas and everything seemed brighter.
After 21 years of marriage, we have accumulated a lot of ornaments. Way too many to put on one tree. So, this year, I decided that we'd put up just a few special ornaments (like my Chicago Cubs, Elvis and Chamber of Commerce glass ornament) and then the rest of the tree would have only ornaments that had names, dates or pictures on them. All the Santa and snowman and teddy bear ornaments are taking a year off and staying in the boxes. We really could fill a tree with just the homemade ornaments that the kids have made at school over the years. I love those. It 's a tree full of memories.
From my nephew, Ryan.
That's our current doggie. ;)