Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The halls are decked!

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The tree is up! It's not as fancy or as themed as it has been in years past, and the ribbon I bought for it never made it on, but it'll do.

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Hey, look, there's the two chairs I got for my birthday. Hi, chairs.

We spent half the night last night wrapping presents and putting the bikes together. They're too big to wrap. What do you think--put the bikes by the tree with a bow on them, or have a small present with a card inside saying "go look in the garage"?

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Now that the decorations are up, I need to start thinking about food!! I haven't prepared a thing.

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Well, at least, non-gingerbread food.

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These houses are almost completely eaten already. The baby found a hunk of house. I had to pry it from his gooey, orange fingers. It disintegrated and made a huge mess, kind of like a biter biscuit. A tasty, sugary, Christmas goodness biter biscuit, with white icing nubs.

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Are you ready for Christmas???

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12 comments:

StacyB said...

beautiful photos and beautiful tree!
I always remember you while I string lights - the year you made chains of orange and red! :)

Quest and Stephanie said...

Are the bikes from Santa? We never wrap Santa presents, so if they are I say just leave them by the tree with a bow :) How fun!

Katie said...

Lol Stacy, I still have all those lights separated. :) I put so much effort into swapping the lights that I can't bear to not use them...or to take the time to swap them back!!!

The bikes are from Santa. I'm so torn on what to do! I love the idea of being able to save the biggest present till last, but I also love the idea of coming downstairs and seeing two bikes and a small rocking horse all in a row, with big red bows.

melaniek said...

I'd have to go with the big red bows...I mean, really, how cool would it be to come down the stairs Christmas morning and see that!

Melissa Creech said...

Santa never wraps present here. Nothing like seeing it all set up under the tree first thing in the morning!!! (and less wrapping for the elves to do!)

Mrs. Lukie said...

My vote goes to a card saying, "Go look in the garage. Love, Santa." You gotta save the biggest, best presents for last!!

Your house looks beautiful, Katie! Merry Christmas to you & yours :)

Liz said...

I just happened by from elsewhere. In our house, it was always tradition to do a hunt for the big presents. It always started with a clue on an index card, written in verse. From there you went over the house looking for the next clue and puzzling over where the verse was sending you until you ended up at the hiding place of the gift. It was always a hit - even for those who weren't receiving the gift!

Katie said...

Melanie and Melissa, I can't imagine a better Christmas to do the bows than the "bike Christmas". And after wrapping for three, the idea of unwrapped presents is looking really tempting for next year. Really, really tempting.

Hi Liz! Nice to "meet" you. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your fabulous idea! My daughter would absolutely love that--she adores treasure hunts:

http://firewifekatie.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-had-to-share.html

Mrs. Lukie--thanks, and a very merry Christmas to you and yours as well! :)

Stickbug said...

Hi! Like Liz I just came across your blog. I'm writing a Christmas story that has a firefighter in it and was researching for it when I came across your blog! When I got my bike for Christmas my parents put the bike manual in a box and wrapped that and the bike was elsewhere! They did the same with my pony (I suppose she wouldn't fit in the living room!). Sitting out or hiding I would have been just as happy!

Katie said...

Hi, Stickbug! A pony?!? That must have been the best Christmas ever! That is, I guess, unless you grew up on a ranch or a farm, and getting a horse meant you had to wake up at 4 a.m. to use it. ;)

By the way, if you have any questions for my firefighter for your research, he would be more than happy to help you.

Hydrant girl said...

Great pictures!! And I am ready - dh works tonight :( so I'm alone, but can't wait for him to wake me up tomorrow with gifts o' plenty

wife.mom.nurse said...

Love your Christmas style :)

Merry Christmas!

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