33 responses

  1. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    November 25, 2012

    I’m going to miss decorating my parents’ tree this year, they haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet and I don’t finish finals until December 21st! Haha I definitely don’t expect them to wait that long!

  2. Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine
    November 25, 2012

    That publix salad looks so amazing. I think Ive been inspired for tomorrows lunch :)

  3. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    November 25, 2012

    I can totally understand why you would want to skip the decorations this year. But I would be so sad without a Christmas tree!

  4. Erin
    November 25, 2012

    Not a bride here, but totally understand skipping the decorations. We’ll be gone from December 20th to December 30th so there’s no point in putting up a tree since we won’t even be around at the holiday to appreciate it!

  5. lisa fine
    November 25, 2012

    What’s white chili? I’ve never heard of it before.

    • Meghann
      November 25, 2012

      It’s chili with a cream base instead of tomato. Same seasonings, just no tomato and you usually use chicken instead of beef. :)

  6. Michelle
    November 25, 2012

    Granted it was 10 years ago – but Dan and I got married 3 days after Christmas (it was a really good idea at the time) and we didn’t do any decorating. We also lived in Tally though and drove down to Orlando the week before. The last thing I needed was to come home and have to take down decorations!

    • Meghann
      November 25, 2012

      That’s what I’m thinking, since we are going to be driving back and forth between Titusville a lot I don’t want to have to bother with taking them down before the wedding.

  7. Liz
    November 25, 2012

    I got married December 19th, so we were on our honeymoon in Fiji for our first Christmas together and definitely skipped decorations. We have been pretty lazy about them since then too because we are never actually at our own house for Christmas! It’s so hard to be motivated to put them up when you know you won’t even be home for the holiday! Last year I did put up a few decorations around the house and this year we are finally going to put up a tree after 3 years of marriage :)

  8. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    November 25, 2012

    Have you thought about maybe putting up a small tree or a wreath? I’ve never been a bride so I can only imagine the stress of the wedding being so close and needing to pull together the final details MID-holiday. But I would imagine a small touch of the season might help bring a bit of holiday cheer and a reminder to allow yourself some time to relax.

  9. Jean
    November 25, 2012

    No Christmas tree?! How sad! Maybe you should get a fake tree or even a shrub so you’ve got something? I can’t imagine Christmas without one! That white chili looks really good!

  10. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale
    November 25, 2012

    It’s so strange to see your Dad standing next to a Christmas tree in shorts!! We’re definitely always in sweatshirts and long pants (whether flannel, cotton, or jeans) when we decorate our tree. It’s odd to think that its still warm there and that there’s no chance that you’ll have a white Christmas … Do you ever want a white Christmas or are you happy with the warmth?

    • Meghann
      November 25, 2012

      When I was kid, we used to leave for ski trips on Christmas Day so we could have a white Christmas. We would start the day with a green Christmas and end the day with a white one. :)

  11. morgan
    November 25, 2012

    I got married 12 days after my birthday last year, and totally decided to skip my birthday all together. When you are getting married, life is so busy, and so full of family and gifts, and decorating, that its hard for any other holiday to compete. I say skip it, and then next year do it up big for your first married Christmas!

  12. Charlie (therunnerbeans)
    November 25, 2012

    I don’t think I can justify getting a tree this year as I am going away from the 14th Dec-3rd jan!! That coffee cake looks good, no frosting though??

    • Meghann
      November 25, 2012

      I’ve never had coffee cake with frosting, we usually do a coffee crumb cake with a cinnamon/ powder sugar crumb topping.

      • Charlie (therunnerbeans)
        November 26, 2012

        try it with a coffee or mocha buttercream frosting, it is delicious!!

  13. Alissa
    November 25, 2012

    Long time reader, first time commenter here! Just had to say YAY to you for giving the Fighting Irish some love! There are enough haters out there, and as someone who graduated from undergrad and grad school at Notre Dame, I appreciate the love!!!

    Also, your blog is great generally; I truly enjoy it. :)

  14. Elissa
    November 25, 2012

    We were married last year on December 31st and skipped all the decorations. I was bummed at the time but it was really nice not to have to take any down when we got home. I made up for it this year and went all out!

  15. Elizabeth
    November 25, 2012

    I’m getting married three days after christmas, but we are still putting up our stuff! We both LOVE christmas and could not imagine decorating!

  16. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
    November 25, 2012

    I can not wait to decorate for Christmas. We’re getting our tree tomorrow. Publix has some great recipes, usually pretty simple and tasty. I also declared today a rest day! Love long weekends ;)

  17. Becki
    November 25, 2012

    That’s one thing I live about living in Canada. If you put your tree up before US Thanksgiving – it is okay. I put mine up last weekend so am enjoying it for 2 weeks before the crazyness of December kicks in. I also use a fake tree so do not have to worry about it not getting watered etc while December is so busy!

  18. Bill
    November 25, 2012

    First and foremost, your “Football Eats” is the very first thing I’ve read and am responding to on my newly created Twitter account…saw you listed in the last Runner’s World and thought, anyone who combines food and running is someone to follow! As for the tree…we’re traveling so no tree, however, you can still decorate a bit so there is some semblance of the holidays in your home.

  19. Candice
    November 25, 2012

    Decorate a tree.. Something about a christmas tree and its glowing lights that just help stress melt away.
    ;)

  20. Katie @ Balanced RD
    November 25, 2012

    I’m not getting married in the next couple months…but can only imagine how much you have to do, on top of all the holiday things! But, I would have to put up a few decorations to get in holiday spirit. Not go crazy, but make your house feel a little more Christmassy than usual :) Good luck with last minute wedding plans!

  21. Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper
    November 25, 2012

    Do I spy a breadstick next to that bowl of chili? Mmmmm yum.

    • Meghann
      November 25, 2012

      Yep! Random, but my dad had extra pizza dough so he made breadsticks with them. I never turn down a hot-out-of-the-over garlic breadstick!

  22. Katie D.
    November 26, 2012

    Last year we went on a cruise from Dec 16 – Dec 25 and we skipped the tree. I did pull out a few decorations but that was it. I wasn’t there to enjoy it, had enough to do with getting packed/tying up work details, didn’t want to the cats to destroy it and did not want to deal with it when unpacking/catching up on laundry from our trip!

  23. Kimberly
    November 26, 2012

    We get married in two weeks and we have decided not to decorate this year. We’ve had the time to do it, I just don’t want to put all the effort in when we’re going to be gone most of December. Plus, we would get a real tree and I’m not sure it would survive (or look decent when we get back) with how long we’re going to be gone with a destination wedding and a honeymoon.

  24. Sarah
    November 26, 2012

    *cough cough* FL State = Gator bait!! *cough cough*

    Haha. But I do agree with you on ND. One of my best friends did his undergrad degree there so I kind of have to cheer them on…he wouldn’t speak to me otherwise! lol

  25. Noel
    December 2, 2012

    Go gators!

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