Often the Saturday after Black Friday becomes "Decorate Grandma's House Day." Daddy helps hang lights on the outside of the house. The kids help assemble and decorate Grandma's tree. The village gets set up, and re-setup, and re-setup throughout the Christmas Season as the kids move pieces around.
The kids seem to enjoy decorating everything at Grandma's as much as Grandma enjoys having stuff decorated. Grandpa exercises his patience as much as possible in letting the kids decorate in the way that only children can. Eventually, over the course of the next few weeks, the kids will get the fireplace mantle, the coffee table and every conceivable horizontal (and some vertical) surfaces of Grandma's house decorated for Christmas. I think it is more fun for them even than decorating our own house.
One of the greatest joys of the Christmas season is the way it seems to have of bringing generations together, of uniting the child in all of us. It somehow even manages to make cranky mommies sit back, smile and say "Now that looks like fun."
To top off our Christmas decorating fun, the kids made pine cone "Christmas Trees" to add to the village. The photo above shows a house with two of the "trees". Below is a picture of all 5 "trees".