A dose of Christmas reality

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Last night we were going to put up our Christmas decorations. We made it as far as doing a little furniture rearranging before I got crabby because Pat wasn’t being joyful enough and we called it a night.

I know. Why can’t he just be joyful on que? I’ve got it rough don’t I?

Anyway, we tried again tonight. With a little more success. Emphasis on little.

Pat had a great idea for rearranging the furniture to make room for the Christmas tree.  After that was done he climbed into the attic and hauled all the boxes and totes down. And then we proceeded to destroy the house with tinsel, snowman pieces and little prickly things needles from the tree.

The kids had so much fun putting ornaments on the tree. Angel was content to hand most of them to me. But Caleb is all about doing everything himself and so he had to be lifted up to the very top of the tree to put his ornaments up.   Our tree has a wide variety of ornaments – the kids get one every year and our family gets one every year.  In addition to rearranging the furniture, hauling all the decorations out of the attic and watching us destroy his living room on Monday Night Football night, Pat also ran to the store to get some tree lights and a few extra ornaments because we were running low.

I mean really, what’s not to be joyful about, right?

A few shots of the decorating fun…

We attempted to take some pictures after the tree was decorated. I thought for a minute about putting the kids in cute little outfits. But let’s just have a dose of reality tonight.

(Hands in the pants. Tummies out.)

(Finger en route to the nose. Caleb finds it amusing.)

(Daddy threatened. “Say cheese now.” Guess that didn’t work.)

Well after that attempt at an it’s a wonderful life moment I took some pictures with the kids. Or attempted.

After that I asked Angel to take a picture with me and Daddy.  And that’s where It’s a Wonderful Life turned into You Better Watch Out (Did you know that was a Christmas movie? I just had to throw that in to see if you were listening.) ….

Caleb starts saying “ME ME ME” which mean he wants to take the picture. I tell him no because he doesn’t know how to use the camera.

He gets mad and starts crying and keeps saying “ME ME ME”.

I tell him no and that Angel is going to take the picture.

Caleb pushes Angel.

Angel falls down and starts crying.

Pat yells at Caleb to go to his room.

Caleb is crying and yells at Daddy “NO”.

Daddy yells at Caleb to go to his room now.

Angel stops crying and says, “Say cheese!”

I’m laughing uncontrollably because this is the most fake picture we’ve ever taken.  (And the worst picture. I think I need sleep).

Surprisingly (or not) we didn’t finish our Christmas decorating. We’re going to make another attempt to finish tomorrow night.  But in the meantime we have our Christmas tree decorated and lit up.  Most of my snowman decorations have found their Christmas home. Baby Jesus is on the end table and Angel is so excited to start “playing the game” which also happens to be our Advent Calendar.

And I think I’m looking forward to many more doses of reality this holiday season will bring!

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