picking out a tree, a Santa photo op and other Christmas things

December 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is the first Christmas in the U.S. for O, so the husband wanted to make it extra special by picking and cutting our own tree.

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It was such a fun time. We go to ride on the back of the truck while on the farm. That was O’s favorite part. He was terribly scared by the sound of the chainsaw, but loved picking out our tree.

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I was so happy to have a natural tree, after three years of using our sad, little, Charlie Brown tree we got on our first Christmas in Turkey. I do miss all my handmade ornaments though. This year we went with the husband’s childhood ornaments and a few cinnamon ones.

In the beginning of December we went to see some lights and they had a Santa there. O would not even come close to him. He came about a foot of the jolly old fella, close enough to reach and get a candy cane. That night he told me he didn’t like Santa. It’s okay, baby. I said. Treading carefully, I explained: Christmas is about Jesus and not Santa. Santa is just a man, so you don’t have to be afraid. He replied: So I don’t have to sit on his lap for candy? No baby, you don’t.

A few days later, this couple (who have dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Claus since the husband was a child) at our church came to our Christmas dinner. They do a great job of telling the real story of Christmas and keeping the main thing, the main thing. Plus they are the most beautiful Santa and Mrs. Claus I have ever seen. Their clothes are made with a rich, dark red velvet. Their hair and makeup are done tastefully right. If O was going to have a picture with Santa, they would have to be it! Terrified, O would not sit on Santa’s lap. We didn’t force him, but asked if he would sit with Mrs. Claus. Okay, he said. But just for a minute.
Here are the results. Isn’t it just precious?

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Merry Christmas everyone!

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