Friday, December 2, 2011

Favorite Photo Friday - Deck the Halls

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'Tis the season.
For decking the halls, bringing out the bling and sparkle,
and putting up a tree or two with lights and decorations.

I  love Christmas time, and everything about it.
I love sending cards, listening to the music, looking at the lights and baking cookies.
I love my home at this time and how it looks, feels, smells and sounds.
I love our family traditions that bring back memories of my own childhood
and Christmas' past with friends and family.

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(The important task of tree decorating requires close concentration for William).

My husband Dan was out of the country for work this week,
so I enlisted 2 helpers that happily complied.
This was the first year that the tree was decorated
in record time, without me finishing it by myself.
It wasn't completed in the above photo but
I think they did an amazing job!

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(Grace even decorated Jack with a little Santa hat. 
Obviously it didn't stay there long!)

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Our December is already filling up quickly.
We have cookies to bake, a couple of trips to Chicago planned, school programs to attend,
a Christmas dance recital,
Grace and I will be going to the Nutcracker
later in the month and Will's 6th Birthday is coming up soon.

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I'm trying not to focus on the time frame and enjoy each of these special moments.
And reflect on the true meaning of this season...
of Jesus' birth.

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(Each year I buy my kids a new ornament.
Grace is holding a handmade Paris inspired one for the little white tree in her room).

Please check out more Favorite Photo Friday images
on Lisa's Long Road to China blog.

While you're there see what's up for today
at the "12 Days of Giveaways"
to benefit orphans in China.
It's a wonderful cause.

the long road

Fill Their Stockings

11 kind words:

Jboo said...

Everything looks so pretty. Love this time of year too!

Hope you have a fun weekend!


Number 6 and no more counting! said...

oh wow Gail, amazing, absolutely stunning!

And you pussy cat is so pretty!


Terri said...

Beautiful Gail! The kids did a fabulous job!

Kim said...

LOVE the photos and this post..
I have said it a million times..
every time I come over here it fills a special place in my heart...
I soooo hope we meet one day..
Merry Christmas my friend..
I love ya

Kim said...

oh and by the way...
Love Jack's hat... LOL

Sharon Ankerich said...

Gorgeous Christmas going on there!!! Beautiful bling! LOVE your little helpers!!! Blessings and love! XOXO

Kayce said...

Everything looks beautiful Gail!! Enjoy the season and all the fun activities that you've got planned.

Paige said...

You certainly have a way of capturing the beauty in the simple things with your photography.

ashley said...

Gail, I love your festive photos! Your home looks so warm and inviting....wish I could stop by for a cup of holiday cheer! Enjoy this beautiful season! Grace and Will did a wonderful job decorating your tree! Love it!
love, Ashley

Love Letters To China said...

I just read through all of the comments and I really can't say any more than what has already been stated. Your home looks so cozy and festive. Love what your helpers did with the decorations. I'm wishing we lived closer so we could share our homes with one another and enjoy a bit of holiday cheer amongst our families.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend Gail.


Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Love those Gail- seeing the kids decorating for the holiday just amps up my Christmas spirit just that much more!

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