There was 1 little hiccup while we were putting up our Christmas decorations.
No, it wasn’t when I first took out the tubs of stuff.
That was great. The boys were excited and both announced that they wanted to help and they DID. I kept having to ask them to move a little more slowly because they were taking things out at a much faster pace than I was putting them up/together/in order. It was great seeing them pull out item after item that they hadn’t seen in almost a year. Memories flooded back from previous years. Jay piling strings of silver beads on his head and driving Thomas trains on the tree branches. Ace singing Jingle Bells and writing up cards for his classmates. The cat climbing the tree and knocking it over; actually breaking it.
We also didn’t have any issues with the stringing of the lights. No problems with the lifting of the TV to put the red tablecloth underneath. It was no sweat hanging the decorations onto the tree. Jay was happy to hang the ones that come with a built-in hanger-upper-thingy. Ace was happy to hang the ones that needed hooks attached. They didn’t fight over who should put the star on top or which tree skirt we should use.
They (mostly Ace) were happy to pose for pictures and Jay, who is not usually very far away from his iPad, drew us a picture.
I don’t know why I look like I go to the same tanning place as the Grinch and Shrek.
Nope all that was fun. We ran into trouble at the very end. When it was time for the candy canes.
Look at these things. Don’t they look innocent?
They’re so pretty and yummy and festive. We even have candy cane covers to make them even MORE fun.
Except that this year Jay didn’t want to use the cute candy cane covers. He REALLY wanted the candy canes to be naked. Which would have been fine had Ace not REALLY wanted to use the covers.
Que the yelling.
Candy Cane Covers.
That’s what put a wrench in our Christmas decorating wheel. If I wasn’t in the thick of it – getting pulled in 2 different directions – I’d almost think it was funny.
Jay wasn’t 100% happy about it but we managed to find a compromise and get past that snafu. Also now, whenever Jay gets to eat a candy cane from the tree (about one a day) he discreetly chooses one that has a cover and leaves the cover “hidden” behind our TV stand. Ace hasn’t noticed as yet. Well played Jay, well played. Ace doesn’t like candy canes so he doesn’t get to pay Jay back by eating the naked candy canes. We’ll see how it goes the next time I buy a new pack of the minty delights.