Christmas at Four


Jonathan's mom here!  Welcome to our home!  Our son turned four on Wednesday, and he's really into the details of Christmas this year, including the decorations.  I thought I'd include you in the fun of his influence of our Christmas (and some influence of my own, as well.)  Enjoy!

He wanted to help with the ornaments, so the part of the tree that he can reach has a preschooler's touch.

Note the placement of the candy canes.  We grin every time we see it.

Here they are with the lights for effect.

And here's the whole tree.  We love putting our tree up right after Thanksgiving.  I have a December birthday, too, and I really love having the tree up for my birthday.

One of my favorite things about this house is that I can put garland up the railing and up on the playroom "windowsills."

Here's more of Jonathan's work.  He was so proud to tell Daddy that he "decorated the office for Christmas."

I had these little things in groups, but Jonathan keeps rearranging them, one in each corner of the counter.

He also decorated his play kitchen with red stars for Christmas.  It's very important that the stars don't fall down.

And, here are our stockings.  (I still need to put Jonathan's name on his...)  The teeny one on the right is also Jonathan's work.  He found it in our Christmas tub and decided that it must be for the baby (who is on the way.)  He also wants each stocking holder to be carrying something, whether a finger puppet or a fire truck.

Here's one thing I'm thankful to share:  my Christmas dishes.  Over the past few years, my friends and family have been generous to help me collect a set of Christmas dishes.  We use them all month long.  (Having a December birthday has helped me collect these!)  Thanks to family and friends who have given these to me (from Target.)

There's one more thing I wanted to share with you:  the special arrangement of the Nativity sets.  But, our camera officially stopped I'll have to save that for next year!  Hope you enjoyed our little tour!

And, because we're supposed to share a favorite recipe on this tour, here's an easy one from me.  Enjoy!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

15 oz. Pumpkin
12 oz. Evaporated skim milk
2 eggs
2 egg whites
3/4 c sugar
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground allspice
1/4 t ground ginger
1/8 t salt
1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
whipped topping, optional

Oven 325
In a bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, egg whites, and sugar. Beat until smooth. Add spices and salt. Beat until well-mixed. Stir in graham cracker crumbs. Pour into a 9-in pie plate coated with nonstick spray. (I used a square, 8x8 glass dish.) Bake at 325 for 50-55 min. or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. Garnish with whipped topping if desired.


jennwa said...

So pretty. I love your dishes and the recipe sounds great.

Merry Christmas!!!!

pcb said...

I love that your tree reflects your family rather than some idea of decorating perfection. It's all about the love.

Heather said...

Everything looks so pretty, Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Great job on that tree, Jonathan! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas!

Leslie said...

THe tree looks AWESOME!!!!! Merry Christmas

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

I love how the ornaments are at the bottom! We made a comment to each other about our boys (14 and 10) being able to decorate near the top of the tree this year! They grow like weeds!
Merry Christmas!

Keetha said...

Jonathan is adorable. I have a Jonathan too - - - only we call him Kyle - his middle name - and he's 16 years older than yours!!

I'm so proud of you for letting him actually decorate. I always put the ornaments where I wanted them AFTER the kids went to bed. They were used to this, and KNEW I wasn't putting any tacky paper ornaments on my tree - - - - they used to bring home the ones they made a school/SS and say "Here mom, here's something for the BACK OF THE TREE!!!"

I was a bad mom - - - what cand I say.

But I loved them just the same.

Thanks for the tour - - - Merry Christmas

Heather said...

You did a great job decorating! I too have a little helper with my decorating - isn't it fun? :)