Because Thanksgiving was so late, we decided to get a mini-tree from Home Depot this year instead of going to the Santa Cruz mountains and chopping down a big one, as we have in years past. I feel a little bit unfulfilled when I look at our tiny tree with unevenly hung ornaments, but I'm just trying to remember that it's good to let some things go.
I guess when I feel disappointed by the tree, it helps to look at the mantel, where our new Christmas stockings hang! I love them so much. I made three...all slightly different, and let Louisa and Cora pick theirs, leaving the last one for the new baby. I was surprised that they left my favorite for him. I bought a pattern to get a consistent stocking shape, but ended up turning to a sewing blog for help adding a lining. The perfectionist in me knows that someday, someone is going to look inside their stocking, so a lining was a must!
|Cora puts the tree's size into context nicely|