It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas


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We have Decked the Halls here in the Stuart home.  The house smells of pine and there is a lovely glow as the lights from the tree, the mantle and the outside warm up the living area.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…although they have been carelessly pulled down more than once by a certain soon to be two year old.

We’ve laid beneath the tree and ooh’ed and aah’ed as we looked up between the branches at all the twinkling lights. 

Everyone had a turn placing the angel at the top of the tree.  And Lee came out with scratches on his nose from his face being shoved into the branches of the tree.

When I took the picture of the three of them in front of the completed tree, Tia insisted upon having her picture taken with her best friend, her doll Jadem.  Yes, Jadem.

Incidentally, I received that very doll for Christmas 22 years ago.  I called her Jessie.  I told Tia that and she looked at me as though I’d sprouted a second head.

“No, mom.  ‘Dis baby ith a boy baby and boy babies ith not named Jessie.  Hith name ith Jadem.”

And that was that.

Hope you’re all having a Merry Christmas season.  Fa la la la laaaaaa, la la la laaaaa!


  1. What about Uncle Jesse on Full House. How cute. So fun that her favorite thing in the world, was once yours. I forgot about lying underneath the tree to look at the lights!! I will have the kids (and me) do that tonight. Your decorations look beautiful.

  2. Looking good over their! Now it is starting to get cold and maybe snow tonight, it is really starting to feel like Christmas too! 🙂

  3. candy martin says

    It looks great Kelli. I love Landon’s expression. Can’t wait to come home and see everything. I am a bit concerned over Jessie/Jadem. You think Tia will ever let the dolls wear clothes? Love you!

  4. Yes – Landon is turning into quite a ham when the camera comes out. And no, I’m nt sure when Tia will ever put clothes on those dolls. Part of the problem is we don’t have very many clothes for them so I’m hoping if she gets a few doll outfits, she’ll finally dress them up. We’ll see.

    I am excited about the potential snow tonight, Julie, although it won’t stick. It will make things feel more Christmas-y. I’m off right now to buy us tickets to go see White Christmas at the FOX! Yay!

  5. We’ve missed way too much of Landon’s baby life. He looks so grown up! Can’t wait to see you all on the 18th, and I just bet Jadem will get some new clothes, but I’m afraid he will look more like a Jessie in them. Good for you on trying to eat healthy. I know it can be done with kids, just ask Lee. However, I’m not sure those are such great memories for them, but they rarely got sick.

  6. Oooooh, back in the day I used to lay under the tree and look up. I have no idea what the fascination was, but after seeing the photo above – I kind of want to do it again.