“what kind of tree is that?” yes, gideon had to be won over. but it was free. hubby climbed to the very top of the catalpa tree for it. $40 for a christmas tree didn’t resonate with me this year. neither did getting down the christmas boxes (with the vintage ornaments that jehu was fond of eating last year).
so we just made them out of paper. and pine cones. although i’m afraid the boys weren’t as interested as i hoped they’d be. they just wanted to play with the rotary paper cutter and the exact-o knife.
but they do like raiding the paper cones after dinner for chocolate. i’m not sure this would be a good tradition to perpetuate. plus, the tree doesn’t stand a chance against mommy.
my favorite ornaments were the seed pods that came attached. i just slathered them in glitter glue. very fun. and the boys enjoyed hunting pine cones during their trips to the park.
and acorns. they actually look more like acorns when you just glitter the cap. but we found that out too late.
we also made a mile of circle punch garland. i got a punch at michael’s and laid it to all the christmas cards i had saved over the years. then the boys colored the stickers we used to attach the punch outs to thread. it turned out very neat.
the next best thing is that i don’t have to water the stupid thing. it doesn’t shed on my floor and the kids can’t brush against it because it’s too tall. last year we had tinsel smeared all over the house.
i might have a hard time setting the torch to it come new years. but my husband is kind of excited about the prospect. and actually, before i even got married, this was my christmas theory. make all your christmas ornaments with your kids and then have a new years bonfire. unfortunately, i hit a few providential yard sales later in life, and it couldn’t be helped.