Our Christmas season has officially begun in the McGaugh household! We’re a weekend-after-Thanksgiving kind of people at our house.

There was decorating:

Katie wraps white garland around her pink Christmas tree in her room

Admiring ornaments… She has had this tree ever since she was fourteen months old!

Eric decorates his white tree in his room. I remember putting away his tree last year when he wasn’t even six months yet and thinking very vividly that, by the time we got his tree out again, he would be fifteen months old and walking and talking. One of the reasons I love Christmas time so much is that we get to  bring out items that are filled with sentimentality to mark each year.

Katie helps with the staircase garland

On the way to the mailbox to mail a letter to Santa Claus

Mailing her letter…

All dressed up and ready for our mother-daughter date to see The Nutcracker on Sunday afternoon

Katie was excited to meet “Clara” after the performance! The Nutcracker is a tradition for us, our season opener. We always see it the weekend after Thanksgiving, and this was Katie’s third time. She now really knows the story and the music and having an understanding of what to expect has only enhanced her enjoyment. A new “Clara” was dancing this year, and she was excellent! The “Clara” of the previous two years was promoted to “Sugar Plum Fairy”!

Katie tried a little ballet on her own…

Today we decorated our gingerbread house:

Here is the finished product:

And a humorous picture from this morning:

Eric relaxes nonchalantly in the living room with his wedge of cantaloupe and the “Christmas belt” Katie made for him with a plaid ribbon. It is difficult to tell where it is, because his jammies have striped pants, but the belt is up on his tummy a bit. The two of them together make me giggle.

Merry Christmas season!