get and decorate an extremely large real tree (almost eleven feet). Despite the fact that it fell down on us twice- once after completely decorated- and took us nearly a week to go from purchasing to decorating the tree for the second and final time, every time I look at it I think to myself it is the most beautiful tree I've ever seen.
drove around looking at Christmas lights and found the mack daddy of all houses thanks to a tip from our neighbor, Sean. A house we have named "the crazy house." We heard their PG&E bill for the month of December is $5,000. Crazy! The best part was the house next door was completely devoid of all lights, except a light sign that said ditto with an arrow pointing to the crazy house. Best part was that it is right in our development, so we got to stop and marvel over the crazy house many nights on our way home from various Christmas activities.
and of course wait in line for the one, the only Santa Clause. Ben was thrilled to tell Santa he wanted a Buzz Lightyear (I also had to convince him that he wanted an art easel, since I already purchased it. And then just days before Christmas he saw Santa again with his Mimi and new baby cousin, and told him he wanted a t-Rex. I told him it was too late to change things up on Santa, and luckily he was fine with it. Phew!