The merriest month of the year is here! As many of you know, I love Christmas and Winter is my favorite season. "Let it snow" is practically my motto! I would gladly give up my sundresses for a scarf & mittens anyday. So while I am having a bit of hard time getting in the Christmas spirit down here in AZ, I will still go all out to decorate this time of year. I have been acquiring my own Christmas decorations since college and have made my way to quite the collection. When Conor's dad was helping us load our moving truck for our trip to Delaware, I think he was a little surprised with all the bags filled with ornaments, lights, stockings, garlands, etc...He had no idea these were essential items for a cross country move!
The day after Thanksgiving, Conor & I began our Christmas decorating. I used to wait until December to do this, but since I still go home for Christmas every year, I like to get the place decorated right after Turkey Day so that I can enjoy it until I leave. Our tradition for the last two years has been to go to a pub for lunch & drinks (nothing gets me in the spirit better than an ice cold pint of cider or two), and then go cut down our Christmas tree! I love the experience of picking out your own tree in the middle of the woods.....on a farm. We found a great place close to our house in Delaware called Schmidt's Tree Farm. You take a hayride out to huge fields of trees, where you have hundreds of choices to pick the perfect one. Clark Griswold is my inspiration. While I am constantly looking for a bigger tree, Conor is trying to steer me towards something a little more reasonable. He is the tree cutter after all, and typically gets the last say. This farm shakes & bales your tree for you...which is great and lowers the chances of scary spiders and what not coming home with you. They even have real reindeer which were usually losing their velvet when we visited each year.
Sadly, this year we were not able to cut down our own tree. Apparently, Christmas tree farms are not in high demand in Phoenix....or it could be all the hot weather. So I had to give up one of my favorite Christmas activities, and instead drive to a lot on the side of the road. A really strange experience if ya ask me. And a really expensive one at that! I guess since they're shipping in trees from Oregon, you're gonna pay the big bucks. On the positive side, our tree is beautiful! And since we have high ceilings in our house, I was able to get a 9 foot Christmas tree! We had to move around some furniture, but it fits perfectly in our family room.