Although our Advent season begins November 15, December 1st is still a special day for us: we put up the tree, sip cider, and listen to George Winston on repeat. Happily, it landed on a Saturday this year so we got to luxuriate in a full day of family festivities.
First up: bringing out the creche. I happen to have two (a tiny wood one and a larger plastic one) thanks to two bits of good luck at the thrift store. Both are beloved.
Yay, new toys!
Of course sister kept all the exciting ones for herself…
Why not mix in a few nutcrackers?
Now for the other set.
Learning-To-Share Lesson #589.
Fit for Adventure.
Now for a spot of dancing.
Oh, and let’s not forget the Advent calendar.
Milla and I made some new little ornaments out of Sculpey this year.
We finally managed to unwind Beatrice and put her down for her nap so we could assemble (ahem) the Christmas tree and bring out the ornaments.
Camilla was looking forward to “waking up the ornaments” so badly.
Up went the tree!
Daddy was fun to clown around with.
Or maybe it’s more like “elfing around.”
Back to the tree again. She is old enough to put up so many ornaments now.
These photos remind me of last year.
Daddy talked about the importance of having a star at the top of the tree.
And then we all stepped back to admire our handiwork. And maybe bounce on the couch a little.
When Beatrice woke up she was duly impressed.
Out of everything on the tree, she most wanted to touch the new cupcake ornaments I had given Camilla.
She can, alas, say “cupcake” now.
So, that was our tree-decorating day. It was a good thing we did it on Saturday because Bea spent Sunday evening puking and Camilla repeated the performance tonight. Josh and I feel fine but it’s hard not to feel as though each meal might be my last. Sigh. I am hoping to be able to celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas beginning with Vespers tomorrow night (there’s a special treat for the kids!) and if Camilla gets well as quickly as Bea did then she just might make it. As long as the parents don’t get sick. You can join me in praying that it stays that way.