The girls found out that Abbie will be coming home much sooner than expected. She should arrive back home Monday or Tuesday! =D
Abbie just loves Christmas, so Lena and Nance decided to surprise her by getting the tree up and the living room all decked out for Christmas!
In this picture you can see most of the Living Room set up. On the left hand side is a large wooden bookshelf that houses the start of an adorable snowman collection!
Then comes the Christmas tree! I decided I wanted it to be fuller, so I used several packages of 12" long pipe cleaners that are the same style as the branches in the tree. I also added a stand of battery operated lights. There are only 20 in the strand, and I might decide to add another strand to it at some point. But for now I think it'll be fine.
Also on the fireplace are a pair of silver toned wire trees that I picked up at the Dollar Tree. They were supposed to be tree ornaments, but I used my wire cutters to trim off the hanging loop at the top, as well as the loop and bell that were at the bottom. I grabbed a couple of 1/2" wooden blocks, painted them black and drilled a little hole in each one. Personally I think they look fabulous!
The girls are currently trying to decide whether to decorate the tree in all the cute candy ornaments Abbie has been collecting, or to use the lovely snowflake themed ornaments instead. they are kind of leaning towards the snowflakes, since snowflakes go nicely with Abbie's snowMAN collection. Hopefully they will decide tomorrow and get started!