I could list off at least 37 things I should be doing right now, but being the avoider that I am, I'll do them later. Instead I took pictures of things on our Christmas tree and thought I would share them with the world. I love putting up the tree every year because it's so fun and so full of memories. As Melanie put it Saturday night while pulling out her ornaments, "It's like we're opening up a bunch of presents!" It's just cozy bringing out all those fun little things you only see once a year.
So here you have it, glimpses of the Hall Family Christmas Tree.
Starting at the top, a beautiful angel given to Melanie by her aunt. Melanie argues with me every year to put up the one we used to, one I made when I was probably 13 years old. Believe me, this is far FAR cuter.
Two things made from nuts - one, an adorable walnut baby carriage bought for Carolyn while my parents were in Germany...
...the other, made by my grandma for me a looooong time ago. She's holding a sign that says, "Happiness is a THUMB." Not to mention Scruffy the Tugboat and Yoda.
A boutonniere worn by Jamie's brother at our wedding, and...
...a decoration (I have two actually) from my parents' wedding.
A jar of Christmas Spirit
A really happy grill
Not only the shipping box from "A Christmas Story" (which talks by the way)...
...but the leg lamp as well.
A camel from Afghanistan right next to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.
And last, though certainly not least, not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Elvis ornaments. (Would that be four Elvisi?) Can you see them all? One is mine, the other three are Sammy's. Shhhh, but if I remember right from after-Christmas shopping last year, I believe in less than a month there will be a FIFTH Elvis!
Maybe I just don't 'get it,' but I can't even imagine that the people with the 'perfect' Christmas trees enjoy theirs nearly as much.