Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Wow I can't believe it's December already! Weren't we just bringing out our fall decorations and relishing in being able to wear sweatshirts and drink cider a couple days ago?!

I love Christmas. I'm one of "those people" who checks the radio every day starting at Halloween for those two special stations that eventually play Christmas music 24/7... Love love love me some Christmas music! I got a few evil stares at work for those couple of weeks before Thanksgiving when I listened to it... But now it's December! They can't oppose me now, muahahaha! :)

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving I received my wreath from our school's fundraiser. And I couldn't wait any longer. I texted my hubby (who wouldn't be home until late because of his night class) and asked if it was ok if Abby and I decorated... and he said yes!! So up from the basement I pulled my supplies:

We don't have much. The big tote is mostly full of ornaments. We've only been married 6 years, and we don't really add anything to the stash each year. Maybe that will change now that we have a kid...

So first things first! The tree! While I grew up in a family who went out and bought a real tree each year, Rocky is not a fan of the mess and the cost of a real tree. Our first Christmas, we bought one of those little 3-foot fake ones, and since we have two cats and an 18-month-old, it will probably continue to be our best option for a few years. :)

 All we had to do was move the houseplant and unfold the tree! After spending a few minutes sorting through ornaments (only using the non-breakables and the ones I wouldn't care if they broke...), Abby and I set to work.

Last year I was super excited to receive the Willow Tree 6-piece Nativity for Christmas, but had to just pack it away with everything else until this year!

I love how the candle is like the star of Bethlehem. :)

Then a couple days later, Rocky was home from school for Thanksgiving break and it was a beautiful, sunny day! I asked if he'd be willing to put up the outdoor lights if I tested them out for him. :) He agreed -- but only if I would also go borrow a ladder from the neighbors!

After a lot of finagling with extension cords and clips, we were finished just as it got dark:

The best part? It's all plugged into one of the outdoor porch lights, so we just flip the switch inside the house and all of it lights up! We don't even need to go outside!

 Best. Invention. Ever.

So there you have it. Our little bit of decoration. I've pulled out the Christmas candles (Yankee Candle's "North Pole" is ahhhmazing!!). Christmas music is playing on the radio. All we need is snow! ;-) Welcome to December!!


  1. The house looks great. Your daughter is so cute. Christmas is so much more fun with little ones.

  2. Hi Carrie,
    I wanted to stop over, say hi, follow you on GFC, and say welcome to the NOBH crew :) Thanks for joining in with us at NOBH.

    I love all your decorations and your tree looks lovely as well as your outside lights! Your daughter is adorable and she looks she had fun decorating with you! I love the Willow Nativity! So beautiful!

    I love Christmas too with all the lights, music, kid's excitement and the anticipation to celebrate our Savior's birth :)

    Nice to "meet" you! See you in blog land :)

    God bless!

  3. HI Carrie
    Welcome to the NOBH crew stopping by to say Hi and get to know you better:) Love the pictures of your little girl, enjoy this special time they grow up so fast:) We just decorated the house this weekend and I played Christmas music all day, I love it too. Now following and again welcome to the NOBH crew.

  4. Stopped by from NOBH. Love the pictures, this year, Christmas has been...different. We have been counting our blessings! I love your lights! Wish my hubby would want to put lights up. Maybe next year! Ha!

  5. What a sweet, sweet smile on your daughter. Now that is the joy of the season shining right through her! She looks great dressed in garlands!

    Your home looks ready and well dressed for the season!

    After years of real trees, we went with the fake. It allowed us to put it up earlier, there was no water dish that our two big dogs would drink up instead of their water bowl, and it suited our frugal nature. :-)

    Now that you have a daughter, I would heartily recommend starting a tradition with her of Story Ornaments. We created this tradition for our daughters when they were very young, and they treasure each annual ornament for the slice of life it represents, along with the note that we wrote to them each year to go with their ornament. You can read about it here: Small Tradition, big joy: Your unique story ornaments.

  6. What a great idea! I'm going to have to look back at our calendar and see if we can find a really unique moment to capture... Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. I loved your Christmas three and Nativity scene. The pictures of your little one were precious and priceless I am sure. Due to having many grandchildren we do a downstairs tree with just stuffed animals; drop by for peak at Blessings to you for the smiles today.

  8. What a sweet little tree - yes, children tend to increase our Christmas decoration fodder... With 3 kids we now have about 4 totes (large ones) full of decorations - and they each have a tree - but I'm kind of a freak that way... Christmas ornaments are really one of the only things I collect. (cough, cough).

    I'm just a little covetous of your Willow Tree Nativity. It's been on my list for several years now - very beautiful.

    I'm new to NOBH - so I'm your newest follower on GFC :0)


  9. I am the same way with the Christmas carols. My daughter and I were twirling to them today as a matter of fact. I am so glad to know that I'm not the only one waiting for the Christmas music. Your daughter looks so beautiful helping decorate and it all turned out so wonderfully.

  10. Hi, I am your new follower via Friendly Blog hop!

  11. Stopping by to wish your and your family and very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year

  12. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!

  13. Hello Heather! You can email me directly using the "Contact me" link at the very top of the page!


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