Last year Justin and I started a new tradition of going on twelve dates as a count down to Christmas. We’ve decided to do it again this year, and we’ve already knocked a couple off the list! Each will have their own post, and I hope to have photos to go along with them too. Here’s the first!
Another tradition we started last year is to pick out our Christmas Tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving, though this year it didn’t happen exactly how we planned. I know I told you in our Thanksgiving post that we got our tree on Sunday night, but here’s the whole story.
We did have every intention of getting our tree on Friday, but by the time we got to the lot, they were closed! I was so disappointed! Because we were heading to Erie the next day, we had to wait until we got back to try again. We made sure to go as soon as we returned to Pittsburgh, and luckily they were open this time. (The guy said they had a really slow night Friday, and closed early. Turns out we had only missed them by a couple minutes!)
We started looking through the trees, and knew we wanted a Douglas Fir because I like how soft they are. The guy picked up the first one and we both thought it was the perfect height and width, but had him pull out a few others for comparison sake. After looking at about 6 trees, we both said the first one was the best, so that’s what we went with! (I do that often. Remember how things went with my wedding dress?)
I posted this photo on Instagram a few days later, when we got it into the house to let the branches fall.
This weekend we finally got around to decorating, but those photos will come in a future post. I can’t wait to show you how it looks!
So let’s take the vote: Real vs. Fake? We both agree we will always have a real one!
Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
We had two Thanksgiving dinners, and both were fantastic! I wish I had taken pictures, though, I really need to get better at that!
Thursday we hosted Justin’s siblings and their families, his Grandma, and his Aunt, Uncle, and cousin. Jut made the turkey while I got the house ready. Everyone was giving me a hard time, saying I have it so easy because he does all the cooking, but those folks weren’t around while I was scraping ice off the sidewalk and scrubbing toilets! (I really need to learn how to function in the kitchen!) The food was fantastic, and it was nice to sit around the table and catch up. We just don’t do that enough!
Friday we lounged around most of the day, until Justin went to the Pitt game and I had a friend over for a Pretty Little Liars marathon. (I’m trying to get her caught up before the season starts again in January!)
Saturday we headed up to Erie to spend some time with my brothers. Brandon is a butcher, and seriously knows how to cook what he cuts. He made prime rib and it was delicious! After dinner we went to my cousin’s house, where we drank and laughed and played a ridiculous version of Old Maid that I can’t wait to share with our crazy friends. We had so much fun that we ended up crashing on their couch because none of us was in any condition to drive home.
When we got home last night we unpacked the car, got the dogs settled, and went out to buy our Christmas tree! I can’t wait to get it up and decorated. This is by far my favorite time of the year!
A lot of times holidays are difficult for us for a variety of reasons, but this one was stress-free and relaxing, which is exactly what we needed. Hopefully Christmas and New Year’s follows suit!
What did you do for the holiday? Anyone get any awesome shopping deals? I’m emptying our bank account on Cyber-Monday deals as I write this!