Tuesday, December 23, 2008


This is Jingles, our Magic Elf. He comes to us every year on December 1st. He lives at the North Pole and is assigned to our family from Santa. We have had him now for three years, and it is so exciting for us to have our very own Magic Elf! He flies around during the night and we have to find him every morning. He also has a card each day that teaches us all about the true meaning of Christmas. This is one of our families favorite traditions each year. WE LOVE JINGLES!!!

O Christmas Tree!

I have a love/hate relationship with our Christmas tree. I love the finished product. This tree is big and full and it usually looks great when all is said and done. But it is a royal pain to put it up!!! I didn't know when we were buying it a few years back, that instead of putting it all up in sections, you have to put on each lovely little branch!

Here is Rachel, my awesome helper this year! She straightened out each branch for me, and then I shaped each branch and put it in it's place on the tree.

Here it is in it's early stages. It is amazing to me each year how long it takes to put this tree together!

Don't I look happy? I am almost done! It doesn't help being 4'11" tall, and this tree is 7' tall!!! The last few rows are really stretching it for me, but I somehow manage to get it.
Here is the finished product! I love our tree, and it adds so much beauty to our home each year! Someday I will have an easier tree to put together, and then I will look back on this tree and be grateful for the experience!