It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I absolutely love fall, but Christmas is even better. Isn’t there something so lovely about a tree and twinkle lights? Generally I decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving because schedules seem to fill up quickly thereafter. It also gives me a solid four weeks to enjoy before going home to Texas for Christmas.
Over Thanksgiving, my dad and his girlfriend Jennifer came to stay, along with Dave’s mom. We were thankful to have family around to celebrate, eat lots of food and help put out the Christmas decor!
This year we decided to try a nearby nursery instead of going to Home Depot as usual. (It is my dream to one year go out to a farm and try to cut down our own tree!) The selection at Teresa’s Garden Center was better than what we normally find at HD, and we picked up a few poinsettias as well.
It was a team effort to get the tree in place, and it fit perfectly in the space at our front window! Dave and I strung the lights and then we all took turns adding ornaments. Dave’s mom added a new one to our collection to remind us of her visits – a train station, since she comes down from PA on Amtrak. Tree, stockings, wreath, garland and all the other Christmasy things in place, we rewarded ourselves with dinner and drinks at our neighborhood favorite, the cozy Queen Vic.
Another fun tradition we have is to pick up holiday drinks at Starbucks and drive through a nearby Christmas light display. This year we considered a walk-through tour, but I had a nasty head cold so Saturday night we drove through Watkins Regional Park in Maryland for the Festival of Lights. With the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s so nice to slow down to 5 mph (literally) and take in the “merry and bright.” It continues to be one of my favorite traditions!