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A Lovely Little Tree…

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,

How lovely are your branches!

In beauty green will always grow

Through summer sun and winter snow.

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,

How lovely are your branches!

-August Zarnack, 1820

I love a family tradition! After spending Thanksgiving Day with family, we usually are ready to start decking the halls and searching for the perfect Christmas tree. {Thanksigiving Day with our Lovely Little turkey.}

While the temperature did not feel very Christmas-like we got into the spirit as soon as we arrived at our local tree lot and breathed in the fragrant firs.   Eloise had a big time running through the trees! Her top (worn as a dress last year) is by LaRoque We found our perfect tree and went to work setting it up and decorating. Luckily, Jody does the heavy lifting leaving me in charge of the ornaments, which is my favorite part- unwrapping special ornaments that bring back childhood memories and of course adding new ones to the mix that highlight life milestones, travels and now handcrafted pieces by Eloise.   We were all pretty proud of the finished product (and of Jody for figuring out the camera timer).  Last year, the tree wasn’t of much interest to Eloise although she did enjoy looking at the lights. This year, however,  she’s fascinated! In fact, it will be a job keeping her from pulling off the ornaments.  We’ve also started another family tradition of saying goodnight to the tree each evening before Eloise’s bedtime and singing a Christmas carol. Hope your holiday season is off to a lovely start!

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