Number two and probably the most difficult for me was the live Christmas tree that didn't happen this year. We tried the weekend of Thanksgiving (our usual Christmas tree purchasing time) and found over priced trees that already looked like a fire hazard. Weekend after weekend, we searched. We even tried to cut down our own Christmas tree on base. We went several times to sign in at an office that always seemed closed when we got there. Then on a -1 degree day we discovered that we signed in on line. The waist deep snow and freezing temperatures should have made us leave before we started. Bent on finding a tree we trudged through the snow and found a bunch of Charlie Brown trees in all heights. When I could no longer feel my toes, I decided we should hike back to the van. Tiago, not wanting to leave empty handed, chopped down this sapling and we left with all our fingers and toes attached. Luckily, I got a free fake tree for helping sort things at the Airman's Attic. The kids decorated it in their toy room and that was about the extent of Holiday decorating.
|At least there were awesome icicles.|
|Trying to find the tree.|
|The extent of my crafting abilities--our advent calendar!|
We went to a tree lighting ceremony with a Santa who was pulled to the tree by several live reindeer in an open sleigh. There were cookies and hot chocolate and choirs of angels (or at least sweet little kids singing).
Joaquin pointing downhill to let me know it's time to stop the pictures and go!
We went sledding tons (joaquin loves sledding) and even got the chance to ride around a frozen lake in a dog sled. I was so glad we had just bought hand warmers and mitten style gloves and brought blankets cause it was a chilly ride.
Christmas Eve we dressed up as Santa, reindeer, and an Elf to score free lift tickets at the ski resort on Elmendorf AFB. We didn't really make it over to the lifts and practiced skiing down the bunny hill. Then joined our fellow ward members at their yearly sled and feed at the Golden Corral. It was fun. Tiago loved Golden Corral. He said "That was the best restaurant ever. You can eat until you are full!" I think we need to start saving for teenage years.
|Corraling it up!|
To make things a little more exciting, we moved the Christmas tree from the upstairs toy room down to the living room while the kids slept. We also put on the Christmas tree lights and star with gold dangling stars hanging from around the tree on the ceiling. Christmas morning they woke up to this obstacle course outside their room. It was so cute to hear their exclamations upon finding this red streamer surprise. Talia exclaimed "Oh, Santa is such a good man. He decorated our house for Christmas!" Tiago said "He is so clever." Mia just giggled and all of them tried it multiple times.