I confess that in the past I’ve been a bit of a scrooge when it comes to decorating at Christmas.  I’m a pretty minimalist when it comes to decorating anyway so the past couple years I haven’t done much.  Well, last year at our MOPS meeting, we had a speaker who totally showed me an opportunity I was missing, we were missing as a family.  She shared how every year the day after Thanksgiving, her whole family stays in their pajamas, blairs Christmas music and decorates together.  Her teenage boys still want to do this and forego their day to sleep in to participate.  So, I was inspired, and that day (in 2009) put in my calendar (a year ahead of time) for this year’s day after Thanksgiving and we decorated together, it was really fun.

The kids started out with their tradition of decorating the tree with coats, hats, mittens & scarves . . .

we put lights around the windows this year and around my lovely bookcase (oh, I don’t think I’ve blogged about that yet!)

I also (inspired by speaker Tiffany) put away all our Christmas books last so I could display them at Christmas and they don’t get lost with our other 500 books!

Next year we’ll add stories at the end and some hot chocolate.

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