It has become our family tradition to put up the Christmas tree and the decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Since the birdies have left the nest, it was just me and the hubby doing the honors.
I have always liked an artificial tree and my husband prefers a real tree–and over the years we have had both, but I finally convinced him that an artificial tree is better for us because of our (read my) allergies and the mess of pine needles a real tree leaves behind.
So last year we bought one that even has the lights already on it!
While I was at it, I also bought all new ornaments in a country theme–and the results were spectacular.
To top it off my husband surprised me with a beautiful old fashioned country angel for the top!
So this year I was very excited to put it all up again!
We set up the tree and my 3 (count them! 3!) nativity sets and we were very pleased with the results.
A pleasant hush came over the house as even the doggies were impressed with the decorations!
It is really the simple things in life that makes all the difference in our hurry up run around life.
This time of year reminds me of the importance of family and traditions.
But it also reminds me how wonderful this American life is that we can have traditions about a tree and a barn that promises love, hope and charity to close out each year.