Today we decorated our playroom for Christmas.
You are probably now envisioning a lovely Norman Rockwell type scene, aren't you? Well, if you were following us on Facebook this morning, you know better. Let's think more Charlie Brown and Clark Griswald here.
It started out well enough. We chose and cleared the spot for the tree. We got the pole and stand assembled. We started putting in the branches.
These were taken right before I realized that we had assembled the pole and stand UPSIDE DOWN. I wondered why the tree seemed so low to the ground this year.
So we took the tree apart again, assembled it The Right Way, and started again. But when I went to put the top on the tree, I found out a piece is missing so it is very wobbly.
I was smart enough to plug in the lights before we put them on the tree. And that's when I discovered that the whole middle section of lights on the blue set was not working.
So then we moved on to setting out a few other things I have. That went well, until I tried to blow up the inflatable Santa. Let's just say I was a little light-headed by the time I was done.
So the kids moved onto other things, and I sat down to try to get the lights working. Which I did accomplish, I'm just still not sure how I accomplished it at this point. Tristan noticed I was putting the lights on the tree, and came over to help.
Of course, Peyton and Loryn noticed Tristan helping, and wanted to help as well. We really didn't need anymore light help, so they put the tree skirt on instead.
So...a lot went wrong. Should I have done more to prepare for this ahead of time? Not everyone got to do exactly what they wanted or get to do everything. Was that fair? Lunch and naptime were a bit late. Was this a terrible experience? Will they be scarred for life?
HAVE I RUINED CHRISTMAS???
Absolutely not. Don't be silly!
While I reflected on our morning, a lot of things occurred to me. Today we had a very real, real-life experience. Other than me deciding we were going to decorate today and going to storage to pick up the totes...the kids were a part of all of it. Or as least as much as they wanted to be. Fletcher decided the tree branches were too owie and went off to play. Silas decided to join him rather than find out for himself.
Yes, things went wrong. But when we realized the tree was being put together the wrong way and the lights didn't work, we problem-solved and found a solution. We learned that when something doesn't work out right the first time, we just try again. We all worked together and got the job done. Everybody played a part, and nobody seemed to mind too much that they didn't get to help with the lights or tree skirt. They got to do something else. Well, at least no one openly complained about it!
This is an example of one of the bonuses of family child care. We got to have a very family experience, in a very real-life way.
Oh, and here's a shot of our Charlie Brown Christmas tree that went up in a very Clark Griswald fashion. We'll start making ornaments for it next week.