We cut our tree down this past Sunday, and got it set up with some water to drink. Yesterday after getting home around 5:30 p.m., we got the lights and candles on it. Finally, this afternoon we got the ornaments hung. Doing all this has made me very aware of how much worse my hip has gotten in a year. Last year I could get down on the ground to check the water level, water the tree, and arrange the yards-long piece of material I use as a tree skirt. (Some day I'm going to spend the money on a real tree-skirt.) Not this year. Emma is doing most of that, with some help from Rob.
I snapped this photo when we were done:
It wasn't until I looked at it on my computer that I noticed the big frog slippers in front of the Santa! And I'm going to have to ask Rob to do something about the tree-skirt arrangement tomorrow, when Emma is at school. Also, that black thing hanging on the wall? That's part of a pipe-cleaner cat toy Emma had created and hung there. I think that needs to go too :-)