Monday, December 7, 2015

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Blogmas Day 7 
Today I'm linking up with some wonderful ladies to share in all the details from this first December weekend. For us, it was a relaxing one, but it was still filled with lots of holiday preparation. Let's jump into things shall we? 

{Friday} 
Made it to the post office just in time to get our Christmas cards sent off, plus a few gifts went into the mail too.
Arrived home to find some lovely packages outside our door. My in-laws had sent a few evergreens to help us enjoy the holiday season. They are beyond thoughtful and we are so looking forward to spending Christmas day with them this year.  
 Also, I finished up a quick DIY project for displaying all of our holiday cards. We love how it turned out and found the perfect spot for it...hanging above our table. 
Oh, and the table centerpiece was one the evergreens sent by my in-laws. Love how it looks with our little reindeer salt and pepper shakers!  

{Saturday} 
Saturday was a lazy day.
 We were up late Friday and intended to sleep in. Only, we were stirred out of bed by an overzealous deliveryman and some obnoxious buzzing. Normally, they just leave the package, but not this one. I mean really, who the heck delivers packages at 8AM on a Saturday? If you can't tell, I'm still a little bit cranky and crabby about the whole thing. I really value my sleep and we were groggy the whole day. The only productive thing that happened was getting the pup out to the dog park for a much needed romp. We counted 23 doggie-friends and even more humans so I think he had a good chance to socialize and get his energy out.  
I had grand plans for dinner that night, but we ended up phoning it in by ordering a white hawaiian pizza. 
Best Decision Ever! 

{Sunday} 
I've started making a special breakfast on Sundays, so these festive cranberry-orange muffins were a must. 

I absolutely adore baking and the holidays give me an extra excuse to whip up plenty of goodies in the kitchen. No complaints here. 
After cutting down our Christmas tree a week ago, we finally got around to 
decorating it. This was definitely the highlight of our weekend. 
Our hands got covered in sap while stringing lights, which would be a pain if it didn't smell so darn good. We ate chocolate chip cookies, drank a few beers, and played Christmas music, including this favorite song of mine that Husband inexplicably hates! 
I love pulling out our ornaments because they are a true reflection of ourselves. Like how this teapot ornament and matching saucer {of course} reflect my love of all things tea party
Plus, we have lots of ornaments to commemorate past travels and experiences…
like this wine bottle from our time air ballooning and wine tasting in Napa 
last summer or this Lion King ornament we picked up at our first broadway show for our one year anniversary. 
But the ornament glittering the most was this one from last year's present when we spent Christmas at the Biltmore 
We definitely don't have a perfectly coordinated tree, but I love it just the same because all of our ornaments bring up such fond memories. Decorating our tree gave us a chance to reminisce about everything we've experienced together and that truly is a wonderful thing. 
And you may have noticed that we don't have a tree topper. Well that's completely purposeful…We could easily grab one at Target, but we are entirely too sentimental when it comes to our Christmas tree. We want our tree topper to be unique and to hold just as much significance as our ornaments do. We will find the perfect tree topper one day and I'm sure that it will have a lovely little adventure to go along with it. 

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29 comments:

  1. All of your ornaments are so pretty - and yay for getting your holiday cards out - big to-do off the list! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. Oh my goodness, getting the cards out was a big relief, the is the first year that happened from the dates hit double digits.

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  2. Your Christmas card is so cute! We are the same way about our ornaments... And our tree topper is a star my husband made out of cardboard five years ago when he was in the military and we had no money. We love it and wouldn't change it for anything fancy! :)

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    1. Exactly! We definitely have a few homemade ornaments on our tree right now, so I love that you guys made your own tree topper

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  3. What a wonderful Christmas weekend!! I love your Christmas cards and I love how your ornaments tell a great story! I really need to get inspired by your card DIY! Such a great idea! =)

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! =)
    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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    1. Thanks Melanie. We loved the DIY because it got our cards somewhere nice and only took a few minutes to do

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  4. Love your Christmas cards and all your festive decorations!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  5. Beautiful Christmas cards and love all your festive decor. Such Christmas cheer.

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    1. Thank you so much! We absolutely adore Christmas if you couldn't tell

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  6. Love it all.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  7. Love your Christmas tree and all your decor!!

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  8. Great pics, nice decoration BTW :)

    http://abdelkhalekleblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. Love the Christmas cards, that's my goal for this week and I bought my stamps this morning! I wanted to do the tree phases photos, and now seeing yours makes me wish I HAD but maybe I'll remember next year. I'm all about memories with my tree and love trees that have a mismatch of ornaments with history!!

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    1. Trust me, this is the first time we managed to get our cards out so early and that's only because we started working on them before Thanksgiving! We managed to capture the phases of cutting down our tree by sheer dumb look so now we are obsessed with this. And yes, mismatch ornaments with meaning are the best.

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  10. Those Christmas cards are so cute!!! And I love your Christmas decor!!! And even more, I love your ornaments! Your tree looks like ours where are ornaments are memories. So special and unique :) Those muffins look so amazing, going to go check out your recipe now! Happy Monday!

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  11. Can we talk about how stinkin cute all your Christmas decor is? I love that centerpiece! And those muffins look amazing! You need to post that recipe asap!

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    1. Ha thanks. We love the centerpiece, it was such a sweet gift to receive. And the recipe for the muffins are linked in the post, but just in case
      http://makingrestorations.blogspot.com/2015/12/cranberry-orange-muffins.html

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  12. Your Christmas cards are adorable. Love how your tree came out and that each ornament is sentimental to you both.

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    1. Thanks Kerry. Some would call us pack rats, but we call it being sentimental

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  13. I like your ornaments and how they come from a lot of different places you've visited. Also, those muffins look SO good. I'm kind of drooling.

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    1. Most vacation souvenirs don't really get used, so we love getting ornaments because we definitely do use them. Also, I'm not going to lie, the muffins were delicious

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  14. Loving your Christmas cards - they came out amazing <3

    Green Fashionista

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    1. Thanks Kate! I may just order more to have extras for myself. Ha!
      http://makingrestorations.blogspot.com

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  15. So much festive in one post - I love it! Your table set up is fantastic!

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    1. We always go a little overboard on the holiday day. And by we, I mean me. But we love it.

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  16. All your decorations are so pretty, and those cranberry orange muffins look delicious! That is rude about the delivery man, seriously at 8 AM on a Saturday!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad our decor turned out well bc I had no real vision other than just tossing things up on the wall. And as for the deliveryman, we were mostly just in shock that 1.) they were making deliveries that early (holiday hours?) and 2.) that he kept buzzing over and over. By the time we got dressed and down there he was gone but the dog was barking like crazy and we were up

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