Tonight the girls and I decorated the tree. I brought out all of our lights, decorations and Christmas videos and books while they were still at school and had everything ready when they got home.
The girls first listened to our Cedarmont Kids Christmas songs, singing along, and then we put on the old Frosty the Snowman video (Jimmy Durante does Frosty's voice) and worked together to hang the ornaments.
Our selection of ornaments was quite limited this year... Last year the kittens were still so small that they weren't a complete threat to the tree... This year they can dive bomb it and probably will... So I only put the unbreakable ornaments on.
In the top picture, Katya is hanging up these white mittens you can see below... I bought them the day after Christmas in 1999, the day I learned I was pregnant... You can also see Katya's picture from her first Christmas tucked inside that photo ornament! She had the chubbiest cheeks! (Well, I take that back... Natalia put "chubby baby" into a whole new category...)
Here's the finished tree. We have to use a fake one since it's so warm and dry in our apartment -- and since real trees aren't available until closer to New Year's (when the Russians put them up).
All of the fuss decorating kept the cats on edge... and now they're exhausted. Aren't they sweet relaxing in their own little Christmas world? It's 1854 in cat land, since they're guests in Kirsten's pioneer world... This is what they both look like as they take their naps...
Asya is cozy in Kirsten's log cabin, snuggled up with her rag doll and kitten.
Kirsten is all dressed up for Santa Lucia day, December 13th. She and her friend are eating traditional sweet rolls from that day; I bought the same rolls for the girls the other day at IKEA and they loved them! I love how the tree ornaments sold at IKEA are the ones featured in the illustrations in Kirsten's stories, the same traditional Swedish designs... (I got that tree at Walmart and the ornaments are from IKEA).
Lyalya, meanwhile, is sleeping in the snow. Guess he's not too cold!
He's certainly comfortable!!