Ashlyn was especially excited to start the christmas festivies this year. And stupidly i promised her that on the day after thanksgiving I would get the tree out and all her ornaments and we would decorate the tree. Well i hadnt really thought about one small wildly curious monkey named alysse that would make the next month of my life terrible each day as I would have to try to defend the tree from her terror. So I decided to get ashlyn a little tree all of her own that she could decorate and put her special ornaments on. She was squealing and all but ripping my arm off on the way into target as we bought her very own tree. She was excited to pick out some decorations, and lights for the tree... and all by herself decided to go with a rainbow themed tree. My little themed OCD heart leaped as she picked a pattern and theme and wanted it all to match! So When we got home she decorated her tree and found the perfect place (out of alysse's reach) to display her masterpiece. She had a great time going thru all the ornaments that she had recieved over the years from "nanz" She calls my mom nanz...long story...but moving on. Each year my mom gets her an ornament that kinda represents what she was into that year. so we got them all out and she put them on her special tree. It was so cute to see her take so much pride in doing it right and carefully placing the ornaments in the exact right spot! It was a great way to kick off our holiday season!