The tradition is that Rob puts up the Christmas tree (http://www.bhg.com/christmas/trees/how-to-decorate-a-christmas-tree/). When we were first married he did it himself. It was particularly sad sixteen years ago when, after six and a half years of marriage, we celebrated another Christmas without children. That all changed when we adopted Thomas, and brought him home only three weeks later.
Now, Rob and Thomas put up the tree. Four and a half years later, we were joined by another baby, Jacqueline. At first she just got in the way when Rob decorated the house. She actually undid the work that Rob did, taking off every last candy cane that Rob hung on the branches, taking each one behind the chair and eating it. But after a few years, Jacqueline started to help, too, hanging ornaments on the branches of the tree.
Then our black cat with mint coloured eyes named Midnight Mint joined the family. And like Jacqueline, she hinders the decorating process. After Rob carefully hangs all of the ornaments, she proceeds to climb up the middle of the tree and hang from the top, knocking every last one off.
So, today the tradition continues. Rob will put on an eclectic mix of Christmas music, everything from "Give This Chrismtas Away" from the Veggietales Story of St. Nicholas to the Motown Christmas CD. Thomas will stand with branches in his hand. Jacqueline will sift through the cardboard boxes for her favourite ornaments. And Midnight will hide under the couch ready to pounce. It's Christmas chez Jonasson.