Sunday, December 1, 2013

Our First Christmas Tree

by Meghann on December 1, 2013

The turkey has been carved, the pies have been eaten, and Santa made his grand entrance at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Do you know what the means? It means I can finally admit to listening to Christmas music and egg nog drinking… it’s officially Christmas time! Whoop!

I try to hold off diving head first into the Christmas season until after Thanksgiving, but I always get sucked into Christmas music and events on the early side. For instance, Derek and I enjoy some holiday-themed ice skating on Wednesday night.

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I haven’t been skating in years. So much fun!

It’s a tradition in my family that we pick out the family Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. We always had real Christmas trees growing up, and I knew that was a tradition I wanted to keep with my own little family. So after years of having a fake tree, Derek and I decided to purchase our first real tree for our first Christmas as a married couple. I’ve never felt more like an adult (or married) than I did walking into the tree lot this afternoon and picking out our tree.

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I’m not sure if you could classify me as the world’s worst shopper or the world’s best shopper, but the truth is I hate browsing. This why I’m terrible when it comes to sales racks or places like TJ Maxx, I just don’t have the patience to browse. It took me exactly two minutes to pick out a tree in the lot. Derek unwrapped one tree that was the height we wanted and I was sold. I’m sure it could go down as the quickest trip to a tree lot ever.

So we took our 6 foot beauty home, let it sit for an hour, then decorated it while watching a Hallmark Christmas movie (I’m addicted!).

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100% in love!

My favorite part was hanging all the ornaments that were recently added to our collection, like the “Just Married Nole Fans” Derek bought for us last week…

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… or the Precious Moments First Christmas ornament my mom gave us on Thanksgiving.

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The plus side to having a snowflake themed wedding? The decorations double as ornaments for future Christmas trees. These rustic snowflakes were part of our center pieces.

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I bought the tree topper at Target on Black Friday. I thought it was a nice throwback to our rustic snowflake wedding.

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Of course, my parents’ tree still puts ours to shame.

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Holy cow!

But that is a-okay with me. Check back with us in thirty years and let’s see how our tree has grown. Baby steps.

In other news, Derek and I had fun taking cheesy Christmas photos over the weekend.

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Ha! I think Maddie’s face says it all.

Do you have a fake Christmas tree or a real one?

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