Graeson went into the woods with Rene, Steve, and Daddy and apparently had quite the adventure with some kind of critter hole he found. He decided he would "protect" them, so he made an even bigger mound of snow around their hole! Then later, the sledding was fun too!
The kids and Rene had a snowball fight....looks like Rene is winning!
At home the next night, we decorated the tree with lights and ornaments. For me, the fun of the ornaments is remembering where each one came from (and sometimes even WHO it came from) and what we were doing at that point in our lives. Admittedly, I get a little wistful with the "Our First Christmas Together" ornaments, and I have fond memories of tiny bundles of joy with the "Baby's First Christmas" ornaments. And now we are moving into the "I made this for you at school" ornaments.
I do wonder at times where this tree decorating tradition actually originated! There are so many Christmas rituals that we do that no one seems to know how they got started. Last year, we started our own ritual and turned off all the lights, including the ones on the tree, and talked about the darkness that was present before God created light. When the lights are then plugged in, and the room becomes illuminated, we talk about Jesus is the light of the world. This ritual was apparently so meaningful last year, that Graeson immediately asked for it again this year. How inspiring it is to see Christmas through a child's eyes!