Thursday, December 23, 2010

Home for the Holidays

Ty and I went out for dinner last night, and as we sat in the restaurant taking in our surroundings, Ty said, "There really is something special about this time of year." And I agree, there is just a feeling in the air. The feeling of anticipation.

Although I love this time of year, I've been a little low on Christmas spirit the past few days. I can't exactly pinpoint why, but to cure my ailment, I decided I would take the day off work to slow down and really begin enjoying this time of year.

Sleeping in helped. Two cups of coffee helped. And I'm sure the walk I'm about to take will help, as well as my 2 p.m. hair appointment (I haven't had it cut since three weeks before the wedding ... which means I haven't had it cut since August ... oh, the horror!)

So, to continue my Christmas spirit effort, I wanted to share a few things that have made my season bright!

Our Christmas Tree

I cannot decorate a Christmas tree without singing "O, Christmas Tree" in my best Clark Griswold voice. It's a problem.

Our tree is fairly simple this year, with only a few special ornaments hanging. But I love the ribbon and strands of red and green bells from Red Door Interiors. Next year, I hope to add the ornaments collected during my childhood, which are still at my parents' house.

Personalized Gift Taggies

We all know how I feel about stationary, so I really wanted some personalized gift tags. I found some adorable tags on Etsy from Senojal Designs. I think they add a special touch to our gifts.

Stockings (Hung By the Chimney with Care)

I ordered our stockings from Garnet Hill. Ty has the forest stocking, and mine is the peppermint. I was tempted to order several more for the children we will have one day. But no matter how practical an idea that seemed, it felt a bit assumptive. First come the kids, then come the stockings, right?

The Digital Story of  the Nativity

I received this YouTube video in an e-mail yesterday, and thought it was pretty cute. Considering more than 4 million people have seen this already, I realize there's a good chance that you are one of those people. But I thought it was worth sharing nonetheless.


Meryl & Russell McLendon said...

Sounds like you got into the Christmas spirit pretty well! Hope it was extra merry. =)