O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Psalms 43:3

And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. D&C 88:118

The kids

The kids

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Decorating for the Holidays

I love the holidays. I don’t do a whole lot of decorating for Thanksgiving, but I do enjoy decorating for Christmas. Our decorating begins the day after Thanksgiving. In our home, the day after Thanksgiving is the day to start our Christmas traditions, even if Thanksgiving falls early in November. The first thing we do is get out our tree and set it up- this takes a few hours as each branch must be shaped and the lights strung.

As I wrote this post, I took a trip down memory lane and found some old pictures of us decorating. These first 3 are from 2009.

 2009Tiger 20092009Butterfly 20092009   Pumpkin Pie 20092007 Pumpkin Pie 2007

There is always someone who gets tangled in lights. 20072007Butterfly & Tiger 2007November 2010 Strawberry 2010November 2010 All the girls 2010

Sometimes someone will climb in one of the boxes that the tree pieces are stored in…Pumpkin Pie 2007Pumpkin Pie 2007!2009Strawberry 2009

Ultimately even the smallest one gets to put something on the tree, even if it is with some help from Daddy…

We also put up our nativity scenes around the house. For some reason I have never taken pictures of that- maybe this year. One goes in on the piano, one goes on the table in the living room, one goes on the napkin hutch in the dining room, and there are a few more small ones scattered throughout. The mantle also gets treated with nativity scenes intermixed with the pine boughs and lights I string there.

What special decorations do you put up for the holidays?



  1. We do the exact same thing!! Our tree goes up on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving every year!!

  2. What sweet pictures of your kiddos:) Someone always gets tangled in the lights at our house, too!

  3. We have several nativity scenes too - a bigger (breakable) one that gets put up someplace unreachable and a small plastic one the kids can play with to their hearts content. :)

  4. This year I want to do a Jesse Tree. I've never done that before.