This year my husband decided it would be fun to cut our own Christmas tree. On our Thanksgiving hike, we spotted one we thought would be suitable.
One day in December, the children went with him to bring the tree home.
Once they brought it in the house, we realized it was taller and wider than we anticipated; so back out it went to be trimmed.
We had to adjust the living room furniture, but we found a spot for it. The smell of pine filled the room. With Christmas carols playing in the background, I placed the lights. As they removed their handmade ornaments from the box, the three youngest children exclaimed over each one and hung them on the branches.
Our oldest took it upon himself to hang garland and lights on the front porch railings.
Arranging the nativity figures is a highlight each year. My favorite is when one of the children places all the figures in a circle with the characters all gazing at the baby Jesus.
I love to see the soft glow of the tree at night. It gives a cozy winter feeling.
*Photo credit for the first three pictures goes to our third child.