|The Gathered Greens|
|Our House Gnome Escaping with our Greens|
|Stringing lights and opening treasures.|
|Placing the angel on top.|
|Arrangements on the nature table.|
|Hanging each special thing with such care.|
|This skating bear music box was given to me by my mother when I was a child, and Pen loves it more than everything else each Christmas.|
|Tree all done!|
|Baby up from her nap and seeing the tree for the first time.|
|Charles at the computer, Pen playing with her horse advent calendar, and Vi examining the tree.|
|The guys and the girls sharing a pomegranate.|
|Candles on the nature table.|
|Tree at night.|
|Winding down and enjoying our decorations just before bed.|
"Please Mama, can't we get a really big tree this year?" she kept asking me. But we have a tiny house, so we have a tiny tree. As soon as the lights were up and she was permitted to decorate it all herself, she completely forgot that the tree was so small. She now thinks it's the prettiest tree anywhere, and I have to agree with her.
Steve roasted some chestnuts, I made us a nice dinner, and then after Charles had gone home we all enjoyed the lights on the tree and the many candles that made our little home seem so cozy and magical for a while before going off to bed.