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Old 11-18-2016, 02:22 AM   #29
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Susan, your DH is a smart man.

Shelly, that sounds like a fun gathering with one wee man being the center of attention. And your Christmas decorations - WOW, what a treasure having a nativity set that your Dad made.

Number of trees? Well, that is a wee bit embarrassing. The most I've ever had in one year is 43... but that was 2 houses ago when we lived in a large 5-bedroom parsonage. Then we moved to a much smaller parsonage (the last house)... and usually had between 25-30 each year while we lived there. Last year we moved to this house (approximately the same size as last house) just before Thanksgiving... so I was busy setting up a home and WAY BEHIND in starting the decorating process... so we didn't have as many trees up. I can't remember for sure how many there were, but I'm thinking it was about 15.

This year - in this teeny tiny house - we'll be having lots of sleeping challenges. DD and her boyfriend will be here at Christmas - from Alaska - for nearly 2 weeks! DS and his girlfriend will be here about 3 days... so FUN!!! We'll have all the family together. I am super excited. However, I still am fretting where everyone will sleep, since we only have one extra bed - a twin size one. That being said, we'll probably have fewer trees this year, simply because we'll need floor space to set up some air mattresses. BUT we will have a few trees, not just one or two... and we will have the HUGE Christmas village (that my oldest DS has given me piece by piece every Christmas since he was 6-years-old.) I'll also hang the massive Hallmark Christmas ornament collection - it suspends from the ceiling in the hallway so it doesn't take up floor space. I have an ornament from every year Hallmark has made/sold them... and each of our 3 children have an ornament every year since they were born.

Kim, I love outside lights, but my DH is somewhat of a Scrooge... he carries boxes for me and that's a HUGE help (and he always gets me some great presents - thanks to a wish list that I give him and some additional input from our DD), but beyond that I do all the Christmas stuff (decorating, shopping, wrapping, cooking, undecorating)... and I don't do well with ladders, so we don't do outside lights.

Leaving a trail of friendly (((HUGS)))
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