Hello all - #1 Daughter and The Boyfriend arrived on December 12, and it has been non-stop fun.
Spousal Unit crept under the boughs and commenced sawing. Within minutes, the tree fell softly onto the snow below. #1 Son and The Boyfriend were the obvious choices to carry the tree the quarter of a mile back to the house.
The tree filled the entryway overnight, the tarps underneath catching any melting snow. Monty the Moose performed his own quality check - only the best tree will do!
While the boys wrestled the tree into the house, #1 Daughter and I fed the hungry birds. She knew that the chickadees (and sometimes the nuthatches) come to my hand for sunflower seeds, and I wanted her to experience it for herself. Below is a video with the flying hordes. I had to laugh a few times, when they landed on my hand as it held the camera!!!
Decorating the tree consumed most of the next day. It began with getting the tree into the stand, purpose-built a couple of years ago by Spousal Unit. With the height and weight of the tree, combined with trying to ensure it is straight, it takes a team! We normally manage it with three people, but having more hands on deck was immensely helpful!
Next came the lights, which require a 10-foot ladder to access the top. We were blessed to have several people comfortable with climbing ladders!
Traditional Christmas music from our vintage stereo filled the airwaves as we carefully placed the ornaments. We always enjoy reminiscing about the history of certain ornaments, and this was particularly relevant this year with The Boyfriend part of the process for the first time. #1 Daughter decorated most of the top of the tree; it was beneficial that this specimen was narrower than in years past so that the ladder could stand closer to the tree. She was even able to place the angel without the aid of the marshmallow skewer!
Our time together has also included euchre (a card game), board games, jigsaw puzzles, walking in the snow, watching football, movies and more. One night we made sushi. I think there is something very bonding about group cooking.
My only trace of sadness is that we are already halfway through their visit!
Merry Christmas to everyone who is celebrating the season!