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day 24: tree traditions

yes, we decided to put our tree up EARLY this year. i'd normally wait until december but blair's exam schedule will have him swamped until mid-month, and i just can't manage the giant tree box on my own with this belly in the way. so the tree went up last night and emmy came downstairs this morning to greet it with much glee. (it doesn't hurt that grandma and grandpa were still around too.)

this afternoon, i opened up the box of special ornaments. many of these were taken from my folks years ago, and some of the critters date back to before MY birth. i've always had a special fondness for these ornaments, especially the simple plush ones (essentially made of pom-pom balls and missing the occasional eye at this point). i vividly recall waiting to help my mom place them on the tree each year when i was growing up, so i was thrilled when emmy had the same reaction. she picked her favorite - a "little blue walrus!" - and held him carefully while we did most of the tree. he was finally allowed to be hung towards the end of the decorating, but i made sure to hang him low when emmy can see him all season long.

on a related note, i've told emmy several times this week that i'm very thankful to have our family together to celebrate the holidays, and most importantly, that i'm very thankful to have her in my life. she then responds with, "what is emmy thankful for?" so i ask her the question. her responses so far:
"ms. kathy" (the teacher from our mommy-and-me type class)
"food"
"playing"
and best of all... "bucket!"

oh, and now she cocks her head to the side and sweetly asks me "how was yooooour day, mommy?" about 67 times per day. she must be buttering me up for christmas...

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4 Responses to “day 24: tree traditions”

  1. # Blogger Beloved

    Ah, your description of putting up the tree with Emmy almost makes me want to put up one of my own.

    Almost. (If I wasn't such a lazy, scroogy, why bother, kind of gal.)

    P.S. Love Emmy's new favorite question. What a sweetheart!  

  2. # Blogger Angela

    What a little cutie, so sweet. Love her responses, especially, "bucket". We're doing our outdoor lights and decorations today too, we won't actually turn on the lights until Dec.1st, but it's fun to get them ready, the kids are very excited about it too.  

  3. # Blogger halfmama

    Wow... a tree already? I'm definitely impressed. I'm still in a food coma!

    Love hearing everything that Emmy's saying these days. And I love food and playing and buckets too!  

  4. # Blogger Mama Nabi

    Damn... and I was wondering if it'd be too early if I got a tree sometime next week. We had a tree once or twice when we were kids and I remember how magical it all felt - I can't wait until LN sees a tree this year. Oh, yeah, bucket - I'm thankful for the bucket, too.  

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