I have always loved this time of year, the build up to Christmas is always a fun and exciting time, now intensified for my husband and I by the fact that we have two little girls!
Of course there are downsides to this festive time of year. I don't like the build up of traffic that can be found around every major shopping centre in Australia. I also don't like the fact that some people seem to go out of their way to be rude and obnoxious around Christmas time, which I assume is where the term "silly season" may have stemmed from.
I love experiencing Christmas all over again through my children. Watching their faces beam each time they catch a glimpse of one of 'Santa's Helpers' and of course watching them light up when it's time to decorate the Christmas tree. And let's be honest, it's pretty handy having Santa's Naughty List to use as a negotiation tool with them too - yes I'm one of those parents!
Each year I'm tempted to decorate and put the tree up earlier and earlier, but I promised a friend of mine this year that I would wait until 1 December. She is absolutely right of course, a month to a young child is a VERY long time and with the stores getting their Christmas stock in from early October in some cases, the long wait can start to take away some of the magic of Christmas.
I'm pleased that I have waited and am looking forward to decorating on Saturday. This year we are changing from a traditional red and gold theme to a bright and colourful theme sure to impress the girls! Here are some other trees for inspiration...
All following images sourced from Southern Living
For those of you that have also waited to decorate, have fun on Saturday!