Much to Kyle's chagrin, I would listen to Christmas music all year round. From my very favorite, John Denver and the Muppets to Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and a new hit, Straight No Chaser, I would sing along in every room of our house. But most years I wait until Thanksgiving is over before I begin.
|Grace with her Elf on the Shelf. You can see our nativity scene in the background.|
|Kyle and Grace getting ready to set up the tree!|
|Kyle and Grace hanging up our new ornament from Hawaii, the first one on the tree!|
|Family selfie in front of the Christmas tree.|
We both grew up with lots of ornaments, but our tree seems to be full of ornaments we have gotten together. From our first Christmas to the blown glass heart we brought home from our honeymoon in Italy to the pirate ship I gave Kyle one year, our Christmas tree tells our story, and that's what makes it so much fun to put up. Grace even has quite the collection of ornaments.
|Some of my favorite decorations are the ones on the piano that Grace has made (like her handprint plate).|
I was really proud of how quickly we got our Christmas tree up this year. That being said, we have few other Christmas decorations around the house. Not that I don't have boxes of them in the basement, but we just haven't made the time to get them all out. Our stockings are hung carefully in the living room, including the awesome new photo stocking Andrea Ruppert had made for Grace. We love it!
|We love reading Christmas books!|
Another holiday tradition that's making its second appearance at our house this year is the Elf on the Shelf. That's not something either Kyle or I had growing up, but my mom got one for Grace, and we have had a lot of fun with it too. We don't always remember to move him every night, but Grace sure likes to snuggle with him.
|The Elf on the Shelf has become a fun, family tradition.|
The last few nights, I have rocked Grace to sleep in the living room where we can both see the brightly colored lights on the Christmas tree. I sing some of my favorite Christmas carols and she just watches the lights. It's become a new favorite tradition, one that I hope we can celebrate for many years to come.