Friday, November 23, 2007

i heart my christmas tree

Jake and I put up our Christmas tree today. This is one of my absolute favorite days of the year. Three years ago, we started traveling to Tamen Treeberry Farm in Wilmington, IL with my family. Cutting down our first tree together was so exciting and so loving... then we came home and realized that we had nothing to hang on it. Neither of us had had a tree until that point and so we only had a few random ornaments that we had collected as gifts. We went to Menards and bought a few strands of lights and a bucket of colorful plastic ornaments. We weren't that crazy about hanging unsentimental plastic ornaments on our tree, but we didn't have a lot of money and it seemed strange to start buying a whole bunch on our own. We decided that each time we bought or received an ornament, we would take off one of the plastic ornaments until we didn't need them anymore.

This year we didn't have to hang one of those plastic ornaments. I am not even sure what to do with them. We have received so many as gifts and as a result of wonderful trips that our tree is full.

We hung a few ornaments from our very romantic trip to San Diego. We found ornaments from the ornament exchange that is part of his family's annual Christmas Eve party. There were ornaments from the exchange that I do with my girlfriends. There were cute bride and groom ornaments that we received as gifts last year. There was a few that included our dog, Maisy. We started telling stories of where they came from- and I just felt so fortunate. I am so glad that we get to do that every year and remember how loved and lucky we are.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to everyone reading this! I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours.

And yes, those are actual wrapped gifts under our tree. I am also thankful for a fiance that loves to wrap presents because I HATE it!

1 comment:

  1. Yay for Christmas and your fun green color scheme! I hope you get your Gocco under the tree! When it comes, I DEFINITELY will post pictures of my trial runs. I already ordered a bunch of different colored inks. :)

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