December 1st

December 1st is first official day of the holiday season in our house – so what’s the first thing to do? Put up the tree!

Last year’s tree trimming was a little different.  We put Alex to bed, put the tree up, decorated it, and it was a great “Surprise!” for Alex in the morning. 

This year however – we have a little helper.  Alex was sooo excited when he opened our tree box (we have an artificial tree – a result of too many years of real trees on carpet).

He then proceeded in assisting in putting up the decorations.  He did pretty well, considering he is only 2.5 years old.  The majority of Alex’s decorations are located in the lower right hand quadrant of the tree – he was gravitated to that area.  Nothing broke – so I’m marking it down as a successful project. 

What wasn’t so successful… the Advent calendar.  I had found a cute chocolate box Advent calendar (like I used to have as a child – ah memories…) and the pictures on the front was of hockey and skating – things Alex is a huge fan of. So we gave him the calendar – we opened up door #1 and Alex ate the chocolate.  But then he wanted more – and try explaining that there is only one chocolate allowed each day to a 2.5 year old.  Good luck.  This is a picture BEFORE the meltdown.  I tried for an after picture – but Alex ran into the bathroom and closed the door before I could take a snap.

13 responses

  1. first the snow fall on your blog..feels so festive! second..what a great little helper! he looks so focused in the second picture. that is funny he didn’t want his picture taken after the meltdown. hehe.

  2. Alex looks like he was quite the helper! So cute! (and great that nothing got broken)

    As for the advent calendar, that is too funny! Good luck tomorrow!

  3. what a pretty tree! ( we do the fakey one too. we just got lazy with the whole real tree thing, but i do kinda miss it. ) i love how alex looks like he is really concentrating while decorating. and i’m cracking up that he ran into the bathroom so you couldn’t document his meltdown! smart kid! 🙂

  4. OK, that expression in the first photo is PRICELESS!!! I love it!

    Beautiful tree!

    And hysterical story! I love that he ran into the bathroom. If it makes you feel any better, S thought we should open books 1-24 last night. SIGH.

  5. alex’s face in that first photo is PRICELESS! such utter joy!

    i love that he was so involved in decorating 🙂

    and that story? oh man…poor guy, i would cry, too, if there were 24 pieces of chocolate sitting in front me and i was told i could only have one! too funny!

  6. I love this post. Your Christmas tree looks fabulous thanks to your awesome helper. My Mom read your post about the advent calendar and totally sympathized! She gives Adam and Ben their Advent chocolates each morning after breakfast, and Adam, too, did not understand why he had to wait to eat another one. Too cute that Alex ran into the washroom after that!!

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