The elves were out the other night decorating the fake tree that we put upstairs each year.  This tree holds all of the hideous wonderful homemade Christmas and Hanukkah ornaments that have been hand created with love by my children over the past 8 years.  At this point in time, we have an entire huge box dedicated to these tacky very special ornaments.  This fake upstairs tree is a marvelous way to segregate homemade children’s ornaments from beautiful Pottery Barn or Pier One ornaments that I have collected over the years.

I laid out a few ground rules for the Christmas decorating festivities:

1.  No fighting over ornaments

2. Be careful when handling breakable ornaments

3. No screaming and yelling at each other

4.  No claiming ownership over any one ornament unless it has your picture in it.  Example: Violet thinks that anything that has a horse on it or anything that resembles a horse like a zebra or unicorn, naturally belongs to her.  Her siblings usually go along with this quite nicely I must say.

If anyone broke my rules and there was fighting during Christmas tree decorating, I promised to cease and abort festivities and resume decorating on another day.  My elves must have believed my threats because not one child broke any of my rules.

What I found amazing was that these three little elves had that fake Christmas tree decorated in under 10 minutes.  There were a lot of ornaments, but there were also a lot of kids to help.  This is the first year that the triplets are a huge help rather than a hindrance in the decorating department.

Perhaps next year they will look like nice elves instead of naughty little elves in the picture I take.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.

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