the tree.

Is it just me or did this Christmas season just explode?  Maybe I’ve just missed it in the past, but this year seems to have gone from Thanksgiving, to full Christmas swing in a fast second.  Whew, it’s wearing me out. 


But before I got stressed out about the craziness of it all, we had a great weekend after Thanksgiving kicking the Christmas season off on the right foot.  On Saturday we went on a five hour adventure looking for our Christmas tree.  We found a beauty – making it all worth it. 


A little about our tradition —  I grew up with artificial Christmas trees thanks to a lot of allergies in our house and my childhood asthma.  Once Tommy and I got married I knew that I wanted our family to start a tradition of getting a real tree every year.  I LOVE this.  I love having something so fresh and alive.  I love the smell.  I love the process of picking it out and bring it home.  Man, it’s the best. 


We’ve always had pretty small trees, but we have really tall ceilings in this house, and last year our little tree looked pretty sad in this large-ceilinged room.  So this year we went bigger.  Turns out it looks smaller in the field next to other trees than it does in our living room.  We have a big tree.  But I LOVE it!  It’s magnificent. 


tree collage  



Jack and Lauren Jack and Tommy 



 Jack picks his tree



Our tree isn’t decorated yet, but I love the look of just the lights on it for a short while.  Here’s a little look at it and Jack playing with his nativity set. 

lights on tree



Are you a real tree or a fake tree person?  Got tree traditions?  I want to hear them! 

my Christmas movie craziness.

Before I start this I have to warn you…  this is craziness.  You might be disturbed by what you’re about to read.



I have a very intense Christmas movie tradition.  It started when I was little and I hold fast to it to this day.  I’m one of those people who can watch the same movie over and over and over again.  Which works out well since that’s what my Christmas movie tradition includes.


These are the movies that I must watch every year.

–  Home Alone

–  Miracle on 34th Street

–  Elf

–  Christmas Vacation

–  It’s A Wonderful Life

–  Charlie Brown Christmas

–  How the Grinch Stole Christmas

–  Jingle All the Way

–  A Christmas Story

–  The Santa Clause



I love all Christmas movies.  All of them.  And I know my list doesn’t exactly include classics, for the most part, but it’s been carefully crafted since my childhood.  There are some questionable choices in there [Jingle All the Way??  You’re my #1 customer!] but I love it.


I ALWAYS start with Home Alone and then Miracle on 34th Street.  Those are my top 2 favorites EVER.  Oh, and the new [and by new I mean 1990’s version] Miracle on 34th Street.  I like the classic but love the little girl and the cast in the newer one.  I watch those 2 movies repeatedly throughout the season.  Once I’ve watched those 2 movies either right before or right after Thanksgiving, I can start watching the others.  I must watch them all by Christmas.  And this is the list of my collection, but thanks to ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, I can watch another billion Christmas movies.  Quality ones, at that.  If you’ve never seen an ABC Family original Christmas movie, you are missing out, let me tell you.  Quality.  Tommy makes fun of me for my love for ABC Family movies, and I can’t say I blame him.  I should be ashamed to even write this post.  I’m not a 12 year old girl after all.  But where else will I get to watch the Santa Clause 2 and 3??  No one else airs those type of quality Christmas movie sequels.  Anyway, I DVR and watch those movies throughout the season now, too.


I love Christmas season evenings when I can light a candle that smells like Christmas, sit by my tree, and wrap presents while watching a Christmas movie.  And probably eating cookies, fudge or candy.  Hello holiday weight gain.




Home Alone




Miracle on 34th Street




Are you terrified now?  If you didn’t know I was type A before, my regimented Christmas movie schedule and sharing it with the world should take care of that.


Merry Christmas!