Decorating the Christmas Tree | Christmas with the grahams

 

Hey KGP Fam, and welcome back to another daily blog post!

Last night we did something I had been waiting a long time to finally do…we decorated our Christmas Tree!

As a kid this was something we always did as a family as soon as Thanksgiving had passed. Our Dad would turn on the Christmas tunes, Mom would begin unpacking and organizing the ornaments, and us girls would begin untangling and testing the lights.

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First we would string the lights, weaving them in and out of the branches to make sure the tree was completely covered. Then we would do our Dad’s “squint test” to make sure there weren’t any gaps or dark spots. I’m sure we looked very silly, all of us staring at our tree with squint-y eyes, but I still use this technique today with mine and Jackson’s tree!

We would then unravel the maroon and gold ribbon that we used every year and wrap it around the tree’s branches in a woven, spiral fashion.

 
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Next we would hang the large filler bulbs, getting them as close to the trunk as possible. Once the interior branches were covered to our Dad’s satisfaction we would begin filling out the middle of the tree. Typically by this time our Mom would have most of the decorative ornaments unpacked and organized, and us girls would each set to work hanging our own ornaments on the tree. Whenever a specific ornament came along that brought back a special memory we would laugh and relive the memory. Some ornaments we couldn’t remember where they came from, and we would ask Mom and Dad to remind us. We always fought over who got to hang Peek-a-boo’s ornament (our first family dog). Lex often won this argument, claiming she hadn’t gotten to hang it in yeeeaaaars.

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Once the branches were filled and the last ornament was hung it was time to place Christina, the family angel, at the top of the tree. One of us girls would usually try to place her at the top, but none of us were tall enough until later on. Our Dad would cut the top branch to the perfect height to make sure her delicate porcelain head didn’t scratch the ceiling, and once she was in place we would fluff her dress, spread out the ribbons coming from her hands, and the tree would be finished. We would then all stand back and admire our handy-work.

This was such a special time for us as a family, and I now love being able to do the same with mine and Jackson’s trees.

 
“Let me go, hooman!” -Sully

“Let me go, hooman!” -Sully

“Okay, but I do like kisses.” - Sully

“Okay, but I do like kisses.” - Sully

 

We don’t have quite as many ornaments yet, and our tree is a bit more quirky, but I love it. The Christmas lights, the glimmering bulbs, and ornaments with special meaning, they all paint a beautiful picture that give you a glimpse into someone’s life. Next time you’re over to someone’s home, look at their tree. Really look. What can you learn about them from what’s hanging on their branches? Every tree tells a story.

 
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How long do you like to keep your tree up? I usually keep ours up as long as I possibly can! Either until all the needles have fallen off or Jackson is begging for it to come down…or both, haha! Let me know how long you like to keep yours!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Katie xx

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