Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Getting Festive

For our first Christmas in the house we decided to start a family tradition of having a real Christmas tree.  I've had a small 4ft high fake tree since my single days at Uni which has served me very well over the years, but the scale of the rooms in the new house calls for a more appropriately sized tree.

So last weekend we bundled the boys into the car and headed out the Princes Highway to a Christmas Tree farm.  I'm glad I measured the desired height of its placement in the family room before we left, as they all looked so dwarfed in their little Christmas tree forest!  I didn't want anything higher than 6.5ft and the first few I chose were well over 7ft!

I rather like the smell of the tree and contrary to my initial thoughts, it's not as overpowering as I thought it would be.  It's situated in the open plan area of the house and so I'm reminded that Christmas is approaching every time I enter the kitchen!  As Paul works in the city I've tasked him with going to David Jones to purchase a "Baby's first Christmas 2012" bauble for the tree to mark the occasion for Lucas.  Oli has his hanging on the tree along with his Dad's ornament from his childhood.  

I've done most of the Christmas shopping so now begins the task of wrapping them all and placing them under the tree.  I've a few nights of this activity ahead of me - there's no way the boys give me enough time (or free arms!) during the day to even attempt it!

Our first real family Christmas tree

I bought a wreath for the front door a few weeks ago, but as yet haven't hung it.  It's presently serving as a side table decoration.  We have a 20,000 litre concrete water tank being buried in the front yard this Friday so I'll wait till the earthworks are complete before I hang it outside as I don't fancy cleaning clay dust off it!  The works were scheduled for mid last week, but the storm a couple of days prior put it all on hold - too much water meant the job would take longer in the boggy clay and the local tips would likely have been closed (i.e. more expensive...).

Christmas wreath in it's temporary location

Oli's latest book fascination is with that of his namesake: the Ollie "I Love..." books.  He asks me to read them 2 or 3 times a day.  Currently he has "I Love my Dad", "I Love My Baby Brother" and "I Love Christmas".  I've told him he needs to put "I Love my Mum" on his Christmas list to Santa, as I'm feeling rather left out!

Oli's "Ollie" books

My sister is hosting Christmas lunch this year and as a former chef, it's sure to be a delicious treat to mark the day!  I'm looking forward to it, although we've decided not to travel to SA this year which is disappointing, but it's a long trip with two kids under 3 amongst the Christmas traffic.  Instead we'll head there for vintage in March - I'm not sure if this means Paul will be making wine again (he's skipped the last two vintages) or just because I know he's rather homesick and it's a busy time in the Barossa so is quite a nostalgic time for him to be there.  I'm sure if he makes it in time for harvest he won't be able to resist making a 2013 shiraz!  2013...good grief!  I can't believe the year is coming to a close already!  It's been a BIG 6 months...feathering the new nest and rearing two young chicks!

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