Happy Holidays to my friends near and far! I hope you are enjoying this cheerful season. Last night, my friend Brooke came over for a sleepover so that she could help me trim my New Year tree. I had to giggle at Brooke because she thought we were actually going to cut the branches on the tree! I explained that "trim" can also mean "decorate." Even though it was still quite early, we decided to put on wintry-themed pajamas and get to work.
Brooke celebrates Christmas, though in a secular way. Still, she had never heard of a New Year tree! In my family, we celebrate New Year instead of religious winter holidays and we put up a tree to celebrate New Year, since I am Russian. I don't know how to put up fairy lights, so my parents did that part for me. All Brooke and I had to do was put on the decorations!
Brooke wasn't satisfied to simply trim the tree; she put on antlers! Doesn't she look silly? We agreed that reindeer are very nice animals.
Brooke and I helped my moms get the ornaments down from the closet. There were lots of sparkly ornaments, plus my favorite cute ornaments that I've had for many years.
First, Brooke and I had to get out the beaded garland! Last year, the cat really enjoyed eating the tinsel garland, so I decided to try the beaded kind this year. The new beaded garland was so long! I liked how the fairy lights reflected off the shiny surface of the beads- so merry and bright!
My favorite ornaments are the cute ones that my family got our first year in New York. Here I am with the penguin! He is so cute.
Here is Brooke with the little snowflake! I think the snowflake is my favorite ornament. Luckily I have a few!
After we had hung all the cute ornaments on the tree, it was time to hang the sparkly stars and balls!
I love shiny things at New Year! It makes things so pretty. Look how bright the tree is! It's like a big ball of shininess!
Finally, I climbed up onto my nightstand and put the blue star on top of the tree. Hurrah! It looks so beautiful. I can't wait until there are presents for my family and friends to put beneath the tree.
Trimming the New Year tree really tired us out. Brooke and I both fell asleep to the light of the tree. Don't worry, my mama came in and turned off the fairy lights after we had fallen asleep!
I dreamed of delicious treats and sparkly fairies.
Happy Holidays my friends! Which holiday or holidays do you celebrate in the winter? Please leave a comment telling me about your holiday traditions! I would love to hear them.
In this post I'm wearing: pajamas, socks, and hair scrunchies by American Girl.
Hello everyone! This is the official Birthday Photo Contest post! Just as a reminder, the prizes the winner will receive are 5 kelp cupcakes, 1 bowl of fish biscuits, 1 octopus bread bowl dip, and a selection of veggies!
The contest is judged, which means I, Inky, will pick a winner out of all the entries. The winner has ONE WEEK to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with their address. If that person does not contact me by December 11th, the second place winner will be contacted for their address.
Ready? Here are the entries!
Entry #1:Addy & Scarlett
Entry #5:Catalina & Charlotte
So there you have it! There are seven fantastic entries. I loved them all, but there can only be one winner. And that winner is...
Entry #6: Chelsea!
There is also one runner-up, who will receive the prize if the winner does not contact me by December 11th. The runner up is...
Entry #4: Candace!
Thank you to all who entered! I loved seeing all your kind birthday wishes. It was a treat to see your awesome photos!