The weekend after Thanksgiving, we decked the halls for Christmas. Ava was definitely more excited and aware as a three-year old, than in previous years and even little Paton seemed to enjoy the festive transformation. We commenced the first Christmas carols of the season as we jollily (is that a word?) erected our beautiful Target-bought fake tree and our various Christmas decorations–some of my favorites are ones that we found here in Cambodia (various Christian NGOs). The kids wore their Christmas pajamas from last year, which were fairly snug (even though I had bought larger sizes last year–thanks, Mom, for sending new ones!). The kids were also still getting over their bout with hand, foot and mouth disease, as you can see the sores on their sweet faces (Paton missed Thanksgiving, since he was coming down sick with it on the day–Nate and and I switched off watching him, since the Mayer’s house is on our street). We were quarantined for two weeks, so having something fun to do, like decorating for Christmas, was definitely a welcomed diversion! (The completed pictures at the end of the gallery are to remind me for next year!)
These reindeer ears are cheap…
…and only last a few minutes, ha ha
Playing with the kid-friendly Christmas book of treasures
Rediscovering the children’s nativity set from Grandpa and Grandma Wells
Checking out the Christmas cape that was given to Ava when she was an infant (from Zohra!)
2/3’s are done! The lights are already connected to the branches, so this really is the easiest tree ever.
A big Christmas mess!
The first ornament to be placed on the tree…
…and Ava had the honors!
Paton’s not worshipping the nutcracker–he saying, “Please, Mom, I really want to hold him!”
The kids were fascinated with the nutcrackers
Ava wants Paton to wear his jammies too!
They both love these little Christmas books
Daddy placing the star
Paton placing his very first ornament–a sock monkey
Matching Santa hats!
Our little Buddy, the Elf
He’s fascinated by the Canadian Mountie Bear
The new nutcracker tin from my mom
Handmade banners bought here in Cambodia
The one on the left is from Germany, a souvenir from my parents
My beloved Nativity set from Nate’s parents and the hand illustrated card from my great, great aunt.
Some of our Christmas books on display
Above the kitchen sink
B.J. brought this SBucks cup back from Thailand, and I treasured it!
Another banner from Cambodia
IKEA frame with red paper