The weekend after Thanksgiving, we put up the Christmas tree. Putting up the tree is always exciting because the cats try to help - but this year, it was more so because we have six month old kittens who think the whole set up is a jungle-gym. Both Willow and Morrighan have wrestling matches in the upper branches of the tree. Good thing it's tied to a hook in the ceiling. That's Willow in the branches.
Another favorite tradition is getting out the Christmas castle. It's the last thind my Grandma made me before she died. It always makes me smile when I see it.
Other than the tree and the castle, most of our traditions revolve around making things. Of course, there's the usual cookies and cakes, but we also make edible ornaments that we hang outside to feed the animals. We sit around the table, spread peanut butter on rice cakes, dip them in birdseed and hanging them on the trees and bushes in our yard. We love watching the bunnies and squirrels munching away.
Another holiday craft is making stockings. So far, I've made all of my family members cross stitched stockings - most without a pattern because apparently people don't design patterns with iguanas licking ornaments or dragons flying with Santa on its back. Go fig. In all, I've made fifteen and I'm working on number sixteen - hopefully, I'll have my nephew's stocking done before Christmas Eve! But here are a few - dragons, faeries, an iguana and Eyeore.