This year our tree was up but not decorated for over a week, and Zoe and Ella were very eager to get it 'fancy'. So while I was cleaning up after dinner one night they started sorting ornaments, which was very entertaining just to listen to. They had a 'santa' pile, a 'skinny santa' pile, a 'reindeer ornament' pile, a 'pictures of us' pile, a 'broken things' pile and a 'something' pile (for those ornaments they couldn't find adjectives for), an 'old' pile (for ornaments they colored last year) and a 'make noise' pile.
Then they started to add the ornaments to the tree, filling it fully as high as they could reach ....
... and after getting a chair they added the rest of the ornaments to the upper part of the tree ....
The final result was pretty awesome.
I loved how they chose to group their ornaments and where they put them on the tree. Each one was placed in a specific spot for a specific reason, like Buzzy the Bumble that Tom bought to help when they get shots -- they thought it should go close to Santa's pants:
Or their current picture with Santa should go towards the top of the tree:
Most interesting to me was how they grouped all the ornaments that were similar or the same, together in the same areas. Like these paper-colored ornaments from last year:
Or their two angel ornaments:
Or their two Santa Bears along with a mini-Santa:
The same for their Little Ballerinas:
And their Raggedy Anns:
I was happy to see the silly monster face guy made an appearance again from last year ....
.... and so did the hand-drawn and colored with crayons rudolph:
But the ornament that made me laugh each time I saw it was this one:
Santa's Hat. Which was supposed to be with his jacket and pants but instead was placed by itself, sticking straight out from a branch of the tree. I just love it.
The little things really can make me very very happy : )