What I've learned:
- if you go cut down your own Christmas tree, what you save in money will be used up with patience.
- people who get lost in the woods do not have a inappropriately dressed four year old crying about being cold holding on to your coat as you slip down the frost covered mountain.
- promises of cold, stale crackers waiting in the car are a big enticement to keep the kids from whining.
- decorated and lit trees safely secured in a tree stand can tip over.
- lights that you got from your husband's grandparent's basement eight years ago will eventually burn out.
- Fred Meyer has a great selection of Christmas tree lights.
- a baby cannot discern the difference between a tree ornament and a real ball.
- if you hear the tree tip over and a baby crying, you will conclude that the tree fell on the baby.
- a baby can cry with out having a Christmas tree fall on him.
- if you have an advent calendar, children who are supposed to be taking a nap, ahem, can sneak the peanut butter M & M's.
- they cannot really deny this when you catch them with blue lips or when you hear one drop on the floor and roll down the stairs.
- a surprise date planned by your husband where you go out and come back and the kids are all in bed, is a great remedy to a lot of things.
- Christmas is my favorite time of year.
Please note: while there are no pictures of me, we can all assume that I looked awesome.