Decorating for Christmas has evolved over the years. We dearly love Christmas! I grew up in a home that celebrated Christmas in a big way. My parents always made the holidays very special for their four children. On Christmas Eve the very excited children tried to go to sleep when told, but the excitement was too much. Even after falling asleep, we managed to wake well before dawn. Some years, Santa was just leaving our home! I don't know how he managed, but he also decorated our Christmas tree! Daddy would bring home a tree on his way home from work. We always had a cedar that he cut down himself. So Christmas eve was spent putting the tree in the corner of the living room, but not decorating it! Thinking about that always amazes this grown up woman. Some years bicycles had to be assembled or other toys put together. We didn't care as children as it all came together just like the magic that only Santa brings.
This old Santa is the same age as me. My Daddy bought him for me when I was a baby. He also has a windup music box inside that no longer works.
Old ornaments from both Grayden's family and my family now fill our tree.