Mystery Tree 2016

2016-12-13-sounders-paradeThis year while I was having fun downtown with our oldest, Dear did the honors of picking out the mystery tree and bringing it home. He set it up in it’s designated spot this year and waited for me to come home from gallivanting and to cut the string while I watched the reveal. Another stress free tree that will serve our purposes well.

flash-xmas-019Dear put the lights on and then I added the ornaments.

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flash-xmas-044This will be the room that we discover what things are in our stockings and where we open the gifts from under the tree. This year our immediate family decided to draw names instead of buying gifts for each one. Dear is unemployed and has been unemployed for 6 months now. Our daughter Katie and Andrew are not employed. Andrew is going to school full time in Aeronautical Engineering courses at the University of Washington and Katie hasn’t found a part-time job yet. Dan and Jamie are moving into a new to them house right now. They are financially stretched and with the new baby coming Jamie will be quitting her job and staying home with our new granddaughter. Josh and Laura are still both employed and doing well. We all decided it makes sense to cut down on the gift buying. We will still have a wonderful celebration but with less wrapping paper to deal with.

Hope you are all in the midst of joy and wonder during this great time of the year. If not I hope you find that joy and wonder soon.

13 thoughts on “Mystery Tree 2016

  1. Your room looks perfect for curling up in and taking in the wonder! The tree is perfection! Merry Christmas, Ellen!
    I like the snow falling in the background, too!

  2. Hello, your tree is beautiful. I love all the decorations. Your home looks lovely. I have cut back on the gift giving since I retired. I wish you and your family a very blessed and Merry Christmas! Happy weekend!

  3. Your home is warm and welcoming and beautiful. Christmas traditions can grow and change through the years, while your core values remain…, not everyone is able to accept that, but I think those who do are happier. Have a wonderful Holiday!

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