Ever since Ethan was one year old, decorating the Christmas tree has been a favorite event of mine. In years before that, I'd always enjoyed getting out the ornaments, remembering the stories that came with each one. But add the excitement of a toddler running back and forth between you and the tree, hanging every ornament within the same square foot of tree space, all with such care you didn't know their chubby little fingers were capable of. Oh man, it's bliss for me.
Trying to capture the beauty of these precious little faces lit up by the Christmas lights was a difficult task due to the fact that their precious little bodies don't stop moving. So we ended up with a lot of blur, but that's kind of how the evening ends up being. A blur of excitement and tradition and Christmas stories and hot cocoa and Christmas songs.
Joanna doesn't remember last Christmas all that well, so she's having a hard time this year understanding what the big socks hanging on the wall are for.