We have been doing this for three and a half decades, give or take — getting family together to decorate the tree. I think we began this tradition when my parents moved to Sarnia in the early 80s.
It was never a big affair, but it was a tradition with seven of us: Sue, me, the kids, my parents and Val (a family friend). Although my mother and Allyson are almost hidden, we are all in this photo, except for moi who was taking the picture.
Dad was usually cajoled into hanging one ornament at the end. I pretty much do the same thing, letting the gals and the kids have most of the fun.
Here I am with Mom.
And so, the tradition continues. There were just five of us this year: Sue, me, Shauna, Danica and Jonathan. We now do this at the kids' house and not ours. It seems to make more sense, especially since we just put up a pre-lit tree now in our little place.
The tree was already up with the lights on when Sue and I arrived. JJ was happy to act out on the step ladder.
Then, Danica used to ladder to get a good view of ongoing progress.
The kids worked well and happily together.
Sue and Shauna did their part well.
And even, moi although this ornament had a very difficult string.
But mostly I took pictures and sat with the cat. It's good to know one's role.
And that's that until next year.