1- Last night was Pikkujoulu. (Our made up family holiday. If you're going to make up a holiday, make it hard to pronounce, I say.)
Here's the somewhat festive table:
Busy day + not my best effort. Also we didn't just eat cheese and fruit. We had clam chowder in sour dough bread bowls. And also cranberry Sprite. Because we were celebrating, I tell you. It felt like something was missing (duh...Braeden, for one) but Adam said he thought everyone had fun.
I read Amazing Christmas Extravaganza and Mark didn't leave the room. He usually gets mad when the neighbors destroy Mr. Merriweather's decorations and refuses to listen. This year he stuck around.
So that's something.
2- Here are Braeden's Christmas decorations:
He had asked me if he could buy a tree and I said go for it. Also, happy news! The Christmas package I sent--which took longer than it should have so I was worried--arrived! He now has a Seahawks stocking to add to the mantle.
3- I bought this guy:
He reminds me of Rizzo the Rat and I can't see him without thinking of my favorite lines from The Muppet Christmas Carol.
"Light the lamp, not the rat! Light the lamp, not the rat!"
"Thanks for makin' me a part of this."
Adam said he was freaked out by the thing. Emma said she was surprised I would buy anything "mouse related." Mark pointed out he is a rat, not a mouse.
Sometimes people don't share my vision. But I soldier on.
4- The basement has still not been decorated. It is a jumble of boxes. Emma did set up the Christmas village and when Desi was over they pointed out all the high points to her and who was who. Desi asked if she could be the snowman.