Our countdown began Dec. 1st--Mr. G faithfully puts a new ornament on the tree each day--in perfect order because he is a fastidious boy when it comes to things like this.
I like shepherds too. You can read more about them at The Women's Colony.
We decorate our tree with all kinds of ornaments--the only rhyme or reason is that our favorites were made by people we love.
To the uninitiated, that would seem like a lot of tinsel. To Mr. D, that's not tinsel-y enough and he'd happily gob on another 2 boxes of the stuff. When it comes to tinsel, there seems to be no happy medium. It's more polarizing than Sarah Palin. But let's not talk politics. There's more to see!
Mr. D saw this KMart commercial where the lady and her mom decorated the house for the holidays--with a LOT of glass and swag and other fussy ribbony/shiny/breakable stuff. He wanted me to do that to our house. After I finished guffawing, I gave him this centerpiece--glass balls in a decorative bowl his sister gave me years ago. It seemed to please him enough that I could stop there with the faux greenery and glass decorations. Not that there's anything wrong with that look, it's just so breakable and we live with 3 boys who break everything.
I have a box full of the kids' Christmas craft projects, collected over the years. This year I decided to display them above the French doors going into the library. A length of ribbon, two nails and many clothespins did the trick pretty well.
I hung MORE kid crafts above the playroom entrance. I'm happy to report that Team Testosterone is busy making EVEN MORE holiday art at school as I type this.