We had to share these pictures from our surprisingly festive weekend. We knew it would have at least some holiday cheer, as the primary goal was to score a tree from the neighborhood dealer and commence the decorating.
But then we added a quick pit stop to the community center's "Coco with Santa" event, where Maya eyed Santa with extreme suspicion and instead spent her time with the face painting crew.
Now sporting Rudolph and a Christmas Tree, the girls begrudgingly agreed to make a another stop off, this time to Home Depot for various tree trimming and window sealing accessories. This ho hum errand wound up being the highlight of the morning. A series of oddly excited staff members kept guiding us to "The Workshop in Aisle 25," because "By the look of you, that's where you want to be."
As it turns out, it was. Along with about 50 other kids crowded around benches, the girls were given Home Depot Aprons, a kit to make a tiny wooden wagon, and real tools. The project was easy enough, with its pre-drilled nail holes, that Maya could really complete it on her own, and Elliot could make progress on hers as well. For a company that has already earned much of my respect for its green initiatives in the past few years, this little family friendly holiday activity still pushed them up a notch.
Even more exciting was the purchase of our actual tree. The very same Santa from the Community Center's event, still in full Clausian regalia, was spreading his cheer around the tree lot. He recognized the girls, apparently, and told Maya he had seen her at his party earlier that day. She was shocked. He was clearly the real thing, since the same Santa was popping up all over the place!
Soon the tree was decorated, and the season's first gifts had tucked themselves beneath it... not IN it as we had feared.
On a whim, we spent a lazy Sunday afternoon rolling out cookies and listening to Bing Crosby's Christmas music. Sealing the weekend as the least planned, most successfully jolly weekend of this holiday season. So far....
Gems worth Re-Reading
About Growing Baby Doing Good Together Elliot Rose Family Rituals Fie Flora and Fauna For the Love of Learning Greenish In My Opinion Just for Laughs Just for Me Making Tinkles Maya Mindfulness Mmm... So Tastey NaNoWriMo News of the Day Noveling Photo Friday Sewing Sisterly Love Sweet Dreams The Chicken Ladies the end Tonsils We like to Move It Move It Wonderment