In my head, everything that happens between Dec. 1st and Dec. 25th is considered "pre-christmas". I even have a special folder on my computer for all the pictures I take during this time. This is so I don't get confused when storing all my digital photos on our website. "Christmas Pictures" are only photographs from actual Christmas Day with all of us in our PJ's and wrapping paper everywhere.
So, here's a couple of pre-christmas pictures. Jaina helped me put the tree up the Monday after Thanksgiving. I have yet to take a picture of the finished product, mainly because I'm not too terribly impressed with our tree this year. Oh, its the same artificial tree we've had for 3 years. And we have the same ornaments, too. I'm just not crazy about our light choice (we always do colored lights but this year Jaina wanted clear) and I am NOT liking the spastic blinking that Jaina insists on having either. One year we got "sparking" lights and they were much better than the on/off blinking ones. Also, since I let my 6 year old hang ornaments with me, I'm not too happy with ornament placement either. But, as my good friend Monica said, "You are allowed to have a tacky looking tree. You have kids." And do my kids love my tree? Yes the do. That's all the counts, right?
I'm trying desperately to finish decorating the house for Christmas. Instead, all my boxes are out and the contents strewn about upstairs in our bonus room. Maybe by the 25th I'll actually have stuff put up!