I usually bring out the holidays decor on December 1st, but we've been really busy lately so it has taken me a bit longer to get it all assembled.
Here's our nativity, with the Christmas garland I made this year hanging over it.
Most of the figurines in this nativity are twice my age. My mother inherited them from my grandparents and I remember assembling everything every year when I was a child. I'm very happy to see my kids loving them as much as I always did, even though they are a mismatched bundle of different types and sizes.
Baby Jesus will be added on the night of the 24th.
The duck pond is one of my kid's favorites:
This is the little tabletop Christmas tree we bought when we got married. Since we never used to spend Christmas at home in those first years, we saw no need to decorate for the holidays and this was our only concession to the season. Now it's 100% decorated by the kids, so a bit messy as they tend to go overboard with the ornaments.
And our larger tree, which we got from Ikea after the kids were born. Originally it was decorated exclusively with red and silver ornaments, but with all the other ornaments we have made since then, it's now a bit messy too. It used to be big enough for us, but it's becoming a bit crowded, so we may need a bigger one next year. And yes, it's missing a tree skirt. The same three skirt I've been promising to make for the past six years. Maybe this year. And then again, maybe not.
It may not be magazine-cover worthy, but it's ours and we love it!
How about you, have you decorated for Christmas already?