Here is a reason to stop fighting the Christmas creep. By decorating early it helps with motivation to get into the season especially when you have plans celebrating with friends and family! I have been a big procrastinator. Not this year. I am embracing what I see every week on the Pilates wall…
is doing what
needs to be done
even when you don’t
feel like doing it
I usually do a Christmas photo and letter to family we don’t see often and managed to actually get it done. Maybe it is slighly easier when the kids are older. The boardwalk has an enormous tree and it seemed like the perfect place to take our family photo.
And this year we don’t have storage for our artificial tree so it is the first time we got a real one. The grocery store sells Christmas trees and we walked over to the grocery store “Christmas tree forest”, selected and walked home with our tree through the parking lot. This is truly a suburban version of selecting a tree from a tree farm, a traditional all day event that took maybe 15 minutes. It may not have been the highlight event for the entire family, but it was an event that I think was fun.
For years I have been talking about changing the decorations. For whatever reason my husband only likes white lights on the tree, so white lights it is to keep the peace. And I did a silver, gold and white theme. The tree is topped with sparkly winter branches inclusive of a Harry Potter snowy owl. My inspiration came from, Pinterest of course! To duplicate the beads I saw on the Pinterest tree I found these glittery balls that I guess you put in a bowl, but I thought, why not string them like popcorn. It was a little time consuming, but the outcome was what I was going for and it did bring back memories of strung popcorn we did at my aunt and uncle’s house.
Now for blending shopping, baking and get togethers with friends. The good stuff. The first of a few Christmas parties was last night. It’s fun to see how people theme their parties. The party last night was one of a friend of mine. It was also her husband’s work Christmas party. They did a chili competition and provided sides. You could either participate in the chili competition or bring a desert or bottle of wine for the chili winner’s gift basket. The winning chili was a korean chili (go figure in Texas!!!). What a cool idea!