a little festive break

December 7, 2009 |  Category:   family holidays life





This is how it goes, little breaks here and there. On one hand I feel saddened by the fact that December no longer affords the time to really take advantage of all the festive holiday stuff around the city. I feel like the kids are missing out on going to see all the cool train displays, the holiday windows, the tree, a visit to Santa, the Christmas shows – there’s simply no time. We didn’t even get our tree ourselves this year, but instead accepted a generous offer from our neighbor who made a trip and delivered it yesterday afternoon. How lame is that? But yes, the days are that packed.

But tonight we took an hour to make some hot chocolate and get down the ornaments from the closet. We put on some Jackson 5 and other Motown Christmas music and the girls tore into the boxes. I had forgotten just how many ornaments we had collected over the years! Such nice vintage glass balls and little mini snow-capped Christmas trees that I bought last year too.

Mark put up the lights and stuck the star on top, but we ladies did the rest. Guess that’s what happens when there are 3 girls in the house. Claudine is finally old enough to really get into it this year. The pair of them are such busy bodies, directing and being all bossy about where things should go on the tree. Meanwhile, I would sometimes sneakily move an ornament that they had precariously balanced on the tip of a branch when they weren’t looking. I also moved things if it just didn’t look right and needed better spacing. I am neurotic that way.

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  • Tara December 7, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    awww. mark looks so tired in that last photo! hang in there, only two more weeks!!

    and i love all of the kid-made ornaments. those are always the best ones.

    take care of those vintage glass ones though. i was just telling the story a few days ago about how i insisted on putting the angel on top by myself when i was maybe 5 or 6. yes, i knocked the tree over. and yes, i shattered all of my mom’s beautiful glass ornaments that she’d had for years…

  • Sooshi December 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Your tree looks fantastic and your family is so precious 🙂

  • Kitty December 8, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Hehe I’m all for the better spacing rearrangement…but yeah definitely when they are not looking!

  • Angela December 8, 2009 at 2:27 am

    what beautiful colours!

  • Marie Hansen December 8, 2009 at 2:52 am

    The tree looks beautiful! I know you will enjoy it even if in little spurts and starts. Aloha,

  • bridgett December 8, 2009 at 6:44 am

    how fun! mine loved the glittery ball ornaments we have. she might be turning into a girly girl.

  • chris December 8, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I know exactly what you mean – when you are wrapped up by obligations during a holiday season. This is the first year in six, where we were not wrapped up in the Nutcracker. My daughter gave that up this year and it does feel good to move at our own pace. You just have to move your “our time” to other things, like vacation, etc. Love your pics – that oldest daughter has awesome style!

  • Lecia/A Day That is Dessert December 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Awesome! I can’t wait to do this over the weekend. And every year I rearrange the ornaments after the kids go to bed – I’m just glad they haven’t noticed yet and gotten mad about it…

  • Nina December 8, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Your ornaments look vintage. I love it!

  • bronwyn December 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I totally do the same thing with the ornaments!

  • amber of theambershow.net December 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Not lame at all! Having a kind neighbor bring you a tree is the sweetest, Christmasyiest thing ever.

  • Margarita December 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I am so OCD with my tree, I rearrange ornaments on a daily basis.

  • clementiene December 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    recently discovered your so nice blog. being fourty, working as a graphic designer for years and doubting of starting up my goldsmith atelier. if we only could stop thinking all things over and over again! thank you for sharing, one day i hope it will all be clear and feel right!

  • annabel December 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    love these camera settings you’re shooting with! for the past four years that i’ve been living on my own i’ve never managed to set up a tree or any decorations… finals and papers keep me busy and i usually leave mid-month. from what i can see your tree looks great!

  • katrin gamerschlag December 8, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    I like your tree and tradition with the kids. rasmus and me, make new things for christmas every year. this year: paperstars! you can see one on wiebkes blog (http://www.lineundliv.de/blog/) – there is a photo in our christmas special (have seen yours, very nice) – it’s easy to fold and looks really nice with fine paper (something for graphic designers:). if you like it, I can mail you the instructions.

  • julie December 9, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Hello Jenna,
    I just realized I´ve been reading your blog on and off since you began it – it was one of the first ones I discovered ( I think Holly from Decor8 linked to you at some point ) and continue coming back to, to see how the family so far away in Brooklyn is doing.
    Wishing you all the best – and an extra portion of superhuman energy for the rest of the season! –
    greetings from Berlin, julie

  • janet December 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    you really do have 2 precious girls!! they both are so lovely. by the way, i love the gray sweater on your daughter. can you share where you got it? thanks!! and tell the girls they did an awesome job with the tree=)

  • Jenna December 11, 2009 at 10:22 am

    thank you everyone.
    katrin, thanks for the paper stars!
    Clementine, your situation sounds familiar indeed, but you shouldn’t give up your dream of starting your goldsmith atelier. don’t give it up!
    Janet, the sweater is old -gap from maybe 3 years ago?