We began home schooling this year so the kids and I have had extra time to make decorations and ornaments. We have garland all the way around the living room and will soon have home made ornaments hanging from it. They've made Nativity dioramas, wreaths from their hand prints, and paper trees to count down the days till Christmas. So who needs a tree anyway?
We also will get to string the gifting part of Christmas out for a few weeks. My parents hope to come to visit the weekend before Christmas, (Shh, don't tell the kids. It's a surprise!). Of course the kids will be opening presents then and hopefully presenting gifts to Grandma and Grandpa as well. We have a few things we've purchased that they will get to open on December 25th. Also, because of emergency car repairs, we will be finishing present purchasing some time after Christmas.
So to sum up - Petersen Christmas, 2009: different but maybe even better than the normal.