Before we start, here's some music to keep you entertained - Melchett's rendition of the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from Christmas 2006 (watch out for the bit towards the end where she grabbed the mic):
When she sang that she looked like this:
Yep still cute and still posing in front of Christmas trees. That's our traditional tree in the family room. As opposed to my white retro one, also in the family room. Yes, we have a surfeit of Christmas trees, but I don't care.
Anyway - paper chains.
That's Christmas decorating at it's purest isn't it?
I can't believe there are so many kits to buy on the internet and in shops to make paper chains with, but I suppose if you're pushed for time, or want something to give the kids to do and don't want to worry about them cutting themselves, then pre-cut and pre-gummed strips are the way to go.
I decided to go for 3 rolls of metallic wrapping paper from Dollar Tree (the American version of the Pound Shop) to cut my strips out of....and yes, yet again Mr Devyne got me half way round Dollar Tree asking me how much something was....erm, it's a dollar....like everything in here.
Look at the way Melchett had me organised for making our paper chains - she grabbed 3 bowls and barked her orders at me for what colour strips I should cut for her next, purple, red or green:
She seriously got into making the chains this year. Usually she gets bored after about the 1st 50 or so links. But this time she made them throughout Something For The Weekend, Elf and The Santa Claus (yes, we watched it again).
We made short paper chains for the shelves of our bookcases:
And a big one to go across about the only bit of ceiling we can easily reach in our family room. Luckily Goth Child isn't scared of heights so could help put them up:
Melchett has declared that making paper chains could be a new family tradition. It's definitely something fun to do together in front of the tv so I think she could be onto something.
Unfortunately I didn't get pics of her doing a rhythmic gymnastic routine at one point with some of the paperchains...I think I'd better not show her this in case she gets ideas: