December 4, 2011

And so this is Christmas...

We finally bit the bullet and decorated for Christmas. We actually negotiated our way out of celebrating Halloween at the same time. See, we've had pumpkins on our kitchen counter, waiting to carved, ever since October. The kids--poor, deprived children they are--kept asking when we could carve pumpkins. We kept putting it off and putting it off, until it was no longer Halloween. And after that, it was just hard to get the motivation to carve Thanksgiving pumpkins. Then that passed. And now we were being pressured to carve Christmas pumpkins.

Finally, we made a deal with the kids: if you just forget about pumpkins for the rest of the year, we'll put up the tree right away. They agreed, but only on the condition that we chopped up the pumpkins to make pumpkin pie. That I can get on board with.

So, now that Halloween was officially out of the picture, we put up the tree and Christmas village.


Our village even includes a ferocious, black Yeti-kitty:


And a train. That nearly ran over yeti-kitty's tail with each loop:




In keeping with our family tradition, we also went to the Parade of Lights. We didn't take pictures of any floats. Because, well, the floats are usually the same each year. So I'll just link to a Parade of Lights of yore.*


Squish together for warmth!



(*Okay, it looks like I've never actually posted the pictures of the parade. I'll make a separate post for that. Sometime. Meanwhile, I found this post from 2007. Interestingly enough, that coat Kayden is wearing in that post is the same one he was still wearing up until about three days ago. He had been complaining about that coat getting too tight. I thought, "That's weird...I only got it like last year." Never mind. It was more like four years ago. Boy, how time flies when you're a coat. Anyhow, he got a new coat, so all is good.)

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