We put our tree up two weeks ago. It is always one of my favorite things about Christmas. We tell stories and reminisce as we pull out ornaments and decorations. This year was different in that the two older kids grumbled about my insistence on listening to Christmas music while we decorated. I compromised and let them put in Redneck Christmas towards the end of the evening. My youngest, Jeriel, who visits the forum, still humors her mom by singing along to every song and even helped her dad hang the outdoor lights.
As far as cookies go, we tried a new recipe this year and they were a flop. lol turned out like cake batter, so we panned them rather than dropped. It turned out more like cornbread. The old family recipes are the best!