Monday, November 29, 2021

The Resumption of the Annual Tree Decorating Party

Christmas was different last year. Not only was there no parade, but we didn't have a tree decorating party for almost the first time in decades. The occasion used to occur at our house and included my parents. For the past 16 years, ever since we all moved here, Shauna has had it at her place. Last year, COVID intervened. This year, we were back at Sha's on a Sunday afternoon.

When Sue and I arrived there, Sha and the kids had already erected the tree and strung the lights. We would first  add the ribbon and then hang the decorations.


After JJ and Amma encircled the tree with the ribbon, the rest could wait until Danica got home from work (imagine saying that about a 14-year-old!). In the meantime, some snacking occurred. It interested Emmy who is quite taken with chips. Alas! There were none on JJ's plate when I took this ↓ picture ↓ but she did score very –– minimally of course –– at other times.


Danica got home, and the rest of the decorating began.






The tree was done, but the photographer had missed being in a few photos along the way. Shauna took over the camera.




The lighting was both terrible and beautiful: terrible if one wanted to make technically good photos, but rather wonderful for the joy that abounded.

16 comments:

Patio Postcards said...

Such a lovely family time. Take that COVID & your variants!! The photo of you & the grandkids is a really good photo. Emmy is a very pretty kitty.

Marie Smith said...

Yay for traditions and getting back to them!

Marcia said...

What a grand time resumed! I decorated our little skinny tree last night. will do the rest of the house today.

Barbara Rogers said...

Wonderful times recorded well by photography! These are some keepers!

Tabor said...

Glad your tree decorating returned. I tried to get that here, but our loved ones are all too far away.

gigi-hawaii said...

That looks like such a pretty tree. Nice to have that tradition.

Mage said...

Joy abounds.

Margaret said...

Those are wonderful photos--the joy and warmth shines through. It must feel great to get back to traditions.

DJan said...

Everyone looks so happy and the tree is also quite wonderful. I love the pictures, all of them. Thank you for sharing them, even if they don't come up to your exacting standards. :-)

Red said...

Great tradition to have on your family.

William Kendall said...

The cat is a sweetie.

The Furry Gnome said...

Great fun, and great photos of you!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Love hristmas tree! Not sure when we will be putting up. I have collection of quite a few snow people, that I also put out.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Mara said...

Good on you for resuming the tradition. Mine will be going up once my sister gets here.

Jenn Jilks said...

What a lovely party. I'm not sure we're seeing the kids this year. Caitlin's MIL is visiting from N.B.
We don't do the Charlie Brown tree together! It's just a matter of lifting it out of the basement!

Kay said...

All the photos are gorgeous, but those last two of you and Sue just made me smile and smile. I love the idea of capping the gorgeous tree with a Santa cap. So perfect!