The weather is cooler (in the 60's); there's magic in the air; and our tree is up!
The last several years we have just decorated the upper part of the tree. Pretty sparkly balls are too big of a temptation for little hands.
But this year everyone could help. Unfortunately, our tree stand was not working and it took Eric a bit to fix it. In her impatience Alex started to get some decorations out herself, including one of my large blown-glass balls.Word of advice, do not drop blown-glass balls onto tile floor; they literally explode. It was loud, glass shattered at least ten feet each direction, but luckily no one got hurt.
In the end it all worked out and our tree was up and ready, with the lower branches more than heavily decorated.