The fun part of decorating the Christmas tree is pulling out ornaments from Christmas' past.
Rob and I each have a handful of ornaments from our childhoods, and then so many others we've gathered through 30+ Yules.
The lights are strung, and then the baubles:
this is the ornament my mom gave us our first Christmas, this golden sailboat came from Rob's mom, the Christmas stockings that Alex blanket-stitched, these antique foils came from Lou, here is that funny pink elephant, the birds to nestle inside the branches, the bows from presents past, winking St. Nicks, manic elves, a New Orleans gator, miniature trains, tiny violins and drums and hearts and candycanes and golden orbs and green apples, and don't forget real cinnamon bark for the smell...
Just a jumble of joyful, exuberant, twinkly, sparkly, fun.