Usually, we decorate our tree AFTER Thanksgiving. However, this year I knew that December was going to be crazy with Travis’ travel schedule for work so we did it before we left for Thanksgiving travels. We decorate the same way every year- fake tree (allergies), mardi gras beads for garland, ornaments, and tree topper (hung by Sam.) Our tree will never win an award in a magazine but that is OK with us. We enjoy unpacking the ornaments and remembering places and events in our family history- we collect ornaments when we go places.
Sam putting on the tree topper…

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We later learned that the top part of our pre-lit tree didn’t light up so I went to wal-mart and got a cheap set of lights to string during nap the next day before we continued decorating.

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Even without the top lights, it was still pretty to look at in the dark…

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The tree and “garland”…

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Please ignore the bed head- Sam just woke up from nap.

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Then, Sam found the remote for the lights and HAD to see if all the lights worked now…

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All of the ornaments…

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I have decided to start a project of taking a picture and writing down the story behind our ornaments. I have all the pictures so hopefully, throughout the next year, I can work on that whenever I have free time.

Our stockings with our individual special ornaments…

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This year, Travis’ ornament is the Hollifield Carillon at Gardner-Webb University, his alma mater. (sorry for the blurriness)

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Mine is also of my alma mater, the University of South Alabama. Go Jags!

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Sam’s was of a wooden boat from the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival that we went to back in October.

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Peeper’s ornament hasn’t changed because we never find cute doggy ornaments at places we go.

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We don’t do a whole lot of decorating. We will have a Jessi Tree that will work decorate each night when we read the Bible story that correlates to that day’s ornament. We also have a soldier that will go out in the front yard. Other than that, the tree and our stockings are the main Christmas decorations in our house.

🙂
Steph

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