Our favorite new game is "Who Can Find." My husband and I get to sit on the couch and the boys have to find the ornaments that we mention "Snowman, Star, Baby Jesus, Angel" it keeps them occupied for way longer than I could ever have imagined. And I get to put my feet up for a change, which is nice.
We bought an artificial tree last year. I've never been a big fan, but with a house full of kids, I was worried having a real one getting old and dry and flammable! It was great, we put it together in under 15 minutes and without any fights about the lights, and no mess to clean up.
I'm sure you all have your favorite ornaments, or ornaments that remind you of special people and/or occasions in your life.
I have quite the collection of snowmen ornaments - I just love them, I can't help myself.
I also have several miniature lightship baskets that I bought at my favorite candy store on Nantucket.
Then, there are, of course, the special ones that we hang up high away from reaching hands.
We started a tradition a few years ago that my oldest goes to a pottery place and makes ornaments for his grandmothers and his godmother. I have one of those ornaments on the tree here as well.
Last week we went to the studio and painted a few it was amazing to see how much his painting has improved since last year. He was able to complete his project with little assistance from me and added lots of details to his pieces.
Little Man is a bit too antsy to paint this year, he'll literally be a bull in a china shop, but next year he should be good!