Prepping and decorating

Meet Zart.  He is the Elf on the Shelf that comes to visit Angry Kid.  We are a little late to this whole trend.  I think Zart is an angel sent from Heaven.  Angry Kid wants to write another Christmas list for Santa, and he said that the dwarf (I snorted), could deliver it for him.  I had to correct him and mention, “The Elf”.

Angry Husband pulled down the “Christmas Crap” today.  We have about fifteen totes, plus boxes, and bins.  Seriously, we have way too much for a family of three in an eleven hundred square foot house.  He started organizing the strings of lights in piles.  Angry Kid wants to put the rainbow icicle lights around the exterior of the house.  Angry Husband HATES those lights, and pretended that they were broken.  He should have tossed those lights two years ago if he hated them that much.

I laid down a blanket around the perimeter of the tree this year.  Angry Kid broke several glass ornaments last year in the process of “decorating”.  Here’s a tip that I left on my Facebook tonight, “If you have a fake tree, wear mittens or gloves when assembling it, your hands while be thankful later.” I’m highly allergic to trees. I think I’ve had about five live trees in my life.  All five of those trees ended in bad consequences for me.

I was laughing because all of the ornaments were around the bottom of the tree.  Angry Husband rolled his eyes at me, and said to just let the kid decorate.  Angry Kid realized that he did indeed need more height.  He was standing on the arm of a leather chair in this picture.  I guess we don’t have two step stools and three ladders in this house for nothing.

This little snowman was one of my after-Christmas sale purchases last year.  I think he is quite cute and durable, “non-glass”.  I purchased him from Pier 1 for about 75%, yay me!

This is as far as we got tonight.  The bottom half of the tree is fully covered with nice and pretty ornaments.  I think that they are all of the ornaments that I bought on sale last year, as they were wrapped in tissue paper.  I have the antique stuff hidden away until Angry Kid is at school.  I will place those at the top of the tree.  He won’t bother them once they are on the tree.  The tree is pre-lit with white lights.  We added three strands of bigger bulbed rainbow lights, which had blinking controls on them.  Angry Kid liked the setting where the lights blinked really fast.  I told Angry Husband that I would have to drop acid to keep that setting or that I would eventually have a seizure from them.  I was totally joking of course.

We haven’t even organized our front yard decorating. We will probably be the only house decorated on the street.  Our neighbors are such Grinches.

I’m thankful for this week to be over. Angry Kid was off the entire week.  I think he was way too bored, and we did a ton of things.

15 comments
Lupe Danielson
Lupe Danielson

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Tractor Mom
Tractor Mom

Now that you have up your tree, want to come do mine.....

Rochelle Veturis
Rochelle Veturis

Oh Julie, I stumbled upon your blog tonight and what a treat. You had *new* hubby and I laughing out loud. Thanks for sharing your Christmas decorating adventures. I think the most we'll get up this year is a string of white twinkle lights since we're still settling into our new love nest. Week three of marriage has been great; remember those days? :)

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation

DUDE. I am so glad last week is over! We have the Elf too, but he doesn't seem to be doing shit this year in the way of helping with behavior!!! In our house, his name is Mr. Mango...so weak.

Natalie
Natalie

My thing is Christmas trees...I collect cool, different ones. No elves here, but come on, how cute is Zart! I also buy stuff on clearance for the next year, every holiday. I'm cheap like that ;)

Megan
Megan

thanks to the then 3 year old, we have an elf named Shrek. yes. like the ogre. ::eyeroll::

T
T

I have horrid reactions to real trees too, of course ManOfTheHouse doesn't think it's Christmas without my swollen eyes. Ummm... I mean, the fresh smell of pine. We wait until the week of Christmas to put up the real tree - the fake one in the basement gets decorated whenever the kids beg and plead enough... maybe next week???

Mama Bub
Mama Bub

We have a fake tree and I HATE the process of straightening out all of the branches every year. I usually give up halfway through because it hurts.

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

Love the snowman! thanks for reminding me I need to check out Pier1 more for decorations. We got as far as putting lights around the windows. Since I need to put the plastic up to keep the drafts out the lights went up first. We also have a string of lights that can blink so fast you need acid for them...totally joking too, but seriously WTH would them make them blink that fast?? Told DH & DS's absolutely not on that setting. DH wants to just throw that strand away; but it's super long & comes in handy when you have a 105in window that needs lights. We won't be doing outside decorations this yr; when we moved here we didn't realize we have NO outside outlets ):

liz
liz

We have an elf, too. His name is Pierre. He's been lazy so far, just hanging out in 1 spot instead of landing in a new spot each night.

Joni
Joni

we tried the little elf and he was a "no go" with my kids. they weren't falling for that load of...fake. either i am a bad liar or my kids are just too darn smart. and telling them you can't touch him is an open invitation to finding out what happens if you do. either way it stinks because i could never find it in my heart to let santa deliver the coal they all somewhat deserve this year. :)

Gina
Gina

We have a TON of Christmas boxes in storage too. But I love everything we have! Great tree!

Grace {formerly gracie}
Grace {formerly gracie}

I think we're the only family in America that didn't put up our Christmas tree this weekend.

Crissy
Crissy

We just got our Elf on the Shelf (Louie)! My kid is too young to understand why he can't body slam and chew on the elf. Maybe next year.

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

Nope Grace, we didn't either! (: I'm waiting until after the next payday to hopefully get a decent 'real' tree