This year we began decorating a bit earlier than usual. We usually begin the day after Thanksgiving, work on it through the weekend and we often finish up the following weekend. This year we decided to start the weekend before Thanksgiving, so that way we would use Thanksgiving weekend to finish up. It worked out pretty well that way.
The weekend before we put up the kids' tree. Last year it was upstairs, this year we put it in our front window (last year we put our big tree there). Graham got into it and loved hanging the ornaments. He still required some help, but sometimes I just think he likes help so he feels like we're doing it together (as opposed to actually 'needing' help).
Macy had fun too, but mostly because there were all kinds of boxes of stuff for her to get into. She loves packing and unpacking. Her favorite thing is a box of random things, so she loves purses and stuff like that. This was right up her alley. Only problem is she liked to march off with bulbs, hooks, and the like, so we were always having to go fetch her. Toddlers are busy, am I right?
Thanksgiving day and the weekend after, we put up our larger tree. We have separate trees because before-kids we bought our larger tree and all the trimmings in a gold and bronze color scheme. We really love how it looks, but of course we want to little ones to be able to put up all their ornaments too. This year we decided to put our larger tree in the Great Room. Last year we had it in the front room, but it was kind of large for that room, plus we thought it would look so pretty next to the fireplace. We like our new arrangement better.
A console table in our front room with our Christmas cards, some Santas, as well as a picture of the kids on Santa's lap. A coffee table with some singing stuffed animals/figurines. We also have some little Christmas trees around and stuff like that.
My favorite decoration is of course the Christmas trees. They are so festive and fill me with Christmas spirit. The kids enjoy them too, maybe a little too much, since they are touching them all day long. At least Graham just touches, Macy constantly takes ornaments off and brings them to me. At least she doesn't throw them, right? I think it's sweet that they each enjoy the trees in their own way.