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Christmas Decoration ☆ Trimming The Tree

December 5, 2010

How was your weekend? Ours was nice. Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year 2010? The busiest time of the year opened its door. Despite the fact that it sometimes feels like I’m going to drive myself crazy over so many things on my list to do and being so unproductive (because I blog…), I have been enjoying the festive atmosphere.

We trimmed our Christmas tree this past weekend. I actually decorated it by myself once already last Wednesday because I didn’t know if my husband would be up for it this weekend due to his busy schedule and I wanted to have the tree up even a day longer. Having grown up in Japan with the Christmas holiday tradition’s being more casual in my family, I didn’t realize that it was such a big deal for him to trim our Christmas tree as a family. The following day, last Thursday, I removed all the decorations (except for the glass balls because they are fragile) from the tree so that we could trim it together. It worked. I love and appreciate that my husband wants to have a family tradition to trim the tree together.

We turned on some Classic Christmas music. Our little monkey daughters came out all geared up with wings, hats, tutus, gloves and shoes to help us trim the tree. I didn’t know why they dressed up like that. Later on I learned that when my husband and his sister were little, their mom, my mother-in-law, dressed them up in nice dressy clothes for them to trim a tree. Had I know before hand, I would have not let my girls dress like a clown. Now I know. I put it down on my mental note.

I love it when our Christmas tree is lit up. It feels peaceful and magical.

What’s your Christmas family tradition?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia permalink
    December 6, 2010 1:38 am

    I think the fairy wings and tutus are adorable! Not clownish at all.

  2. December 6, 2010 3:12 am

    Lol, love the beardy santa comments by your daughter!
    The joy of decorating the tree is always family fun :)

  3. denise Henderson permalink
    December 6, 2010 4:21 am

    tree looks beautiful!!! well done!! Yes i was going to do the tree myself too then surprise surprise…my husband wanted to do it… for 10 mins and then of course he’s over it and i take over again! hahahaaa
    still nice he wanted to get involve! ^_^

  4. December 6, 2010 7:42 am

    I think they should dress up like that every year, it’s much cuter! haha!! I love it :) (working on an email back :))

  5. December 6, 2010 5:38 pm

    So cute! I love seeing your little “fairies” decorating the tree. My daughter runs around with wings and a tutu all the time! I love it! Your home looks lovely with all your xmas decorations up! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog too! I really enjoy seeing your comments. xo

  6. December 7, 2010 1:14 am

    Your tree looks wonderful! It looks so warm and elegant. I guess I will help my mom decorate the tree this year, since we don’t have our own place this Christmas.
    Christmas hugs from Nina

  7. December 7, 2010 7:19 pm

    Julia, you’re nice. Thanks!

    Elaine, isn’t it funny? I thought that how the Santa doll looked with the messy beard all up on the side was hysterical.

    Denise, we seem to have a similar type of hubby! Funny. I’m glad I have someone who had the same experience!

    Krystal, I should’ve joined them. Thanks for the message. I will write back as soon as I can!

    Ivy, isn’t it interesting so many girls love wings and tutus! They are cute.

    Nina, thanks!! I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming big move!!

  8. December 10, 2010 8:20 pm

    Your tree is so beautiful and I love the two ‘fairies’ decorating it :) How lovely to be able to start a ‘dressing the tree’ tradition complete with Christmas carols and all. I loved seeing some more snippets of your home too :)

    • December 10, 2010 9:06 pm

      Thanks! I will post some photos of our Christmas decoration in the future!

  9. December 12, 2010 8:57 pm

    Beautiful tree and Christmas deco Kaho! I have done mine almost three weeks ago, but I haven’t taken any pictures yet! we are flying to France on Wednesday night, so I have stopped decorating the apartment like crazy… we won’t be here to enjoy it!

    • December 13, 2010 11:43 am

      That’s the thing about traveling for Christmas. You work so hard to decorate, but you don’t get to enjoy the decoration on Eve and Christmas Day. I would love to see the photos of your Christmas decoration, please!!

  10. December 12, 2010 8:59 pm

    Oh, and I forgot: I think your girls look very very cute and dressed up! next year I will ask my daughter (and my son too if he wants) to dress up to trim the tree. What a lovely tradition :)

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