First, I need some advice. How many "Holiday decor areas" are reasonable for an average suburban home? We have eight distinct areas sporting Christmas holiday decor. Pictured below are a few for your viewing pleasure.
1. This is the view through our front door window. Note the Holiday spider web. Mandy put this Christmas decoration up early this year. So early, in fact, that it doubled as Halloween decor. Any bets that it will be Memorial Day decor?
3. The tree went up the day after Thanksgiving. Does anyone else have the singing snowmen carolers in the left hand side of the picture. How is it that a toddler instinctively knows how to push the right spot to make it sing? Over and over again?
4. Mandy has been crafty ever since we were married 11 years ago. For our first Christmas, she made matching stockings for each of us. As children were born, she made each of them a stocking. At least, that was the theory. We're one stocking short. Abby's is almost done. She coincidentally just had her birthday this past week. Her 6th birthday.
5. I like the Christmas tablescape because it helps prevent the normal buildup of random items that seems to happen on any flat surface in our house. At least, it mostly prevents it. There's a cub scout book, stopwatch, McKenna tribute, and candy wrapper on the table to complete the look.
6. What do you call that vase of sticks on the left with ornaments hanging from it? A Christmas tree? Surely there's an official crafting word for a vase full of sticks.
P.S. I did lay down the law...no hiding the Elf on the Shelf until December 1.