holiday cheer

A few weeks ago, we went with some friends to the National Forest to cut down our own Christmas tree (after obtaining a permit of course). Usually we just buy one at the small lot near our house, but we were up for the challenge.

Or so we thought.


I guess I thought we’d drive in, spot a tree, cut in down and then be on our way. Instead, it ended up being a drive and a hike. Since I was wearing Avery in the Ergo, I opted not to climb the steep hillside (where the better trees were, naturally) and instead stood in the snow/rain with our friend’s tarp draped over me and an increasingly fussy toddler. (Making family memories!)


But my mood lifted when I saw this guy come down the hill.


I’m not sure why, but we always tend to go for a Charlie Brown tree and this one is no exception. Also, one strand of lights, gotta love that. To make it fit we had to push the couch over and put it on a small side table, which I think also helped as a toddler deterrent (although she’s been really great about not touching the tree). Growing up, we always had an eclectically decorated tree and I’m carrying the tradition on. We try to buy a new ornament each year and I have a few that my mom passed on during a purge a few years ago (and they’re 80’s fabulous, which is the best).


Other than the tree, we did a little decorating here and there. The moose are new this year and were bought at Crate&Barrel.



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My mom gave me this little craft store advent calendar last year and it’s been fun to count down the days with Avery. Although really, she has no idea what’s going on and often reacts with a blank stare.

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Finally, Mr. Bails – still not a fan of the reindeer antlers.

Merry Christmas and happiest holidays to all of you! We’re certainly looking forward to it. Even though Avery doesn’t really get Christmas yet, she has a few surprises sitting in my office that I’m pretty excited about.


5 Responses to “holiday cheer”

  1. Isabelle says:

    Congratulations on your Charlie Brown tree ;-))) I never heard of this term before. ;-)))

    And I like your decoration – wood and red together are simply gorgeous.

    Would you share what brand your plates in the kitchen cupboard are? THANKS

  2. Katrina says:

    How very Griswold of you… I am glad no one’s eyelids froze shut!

    Love your tree.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Tilly says:

    What on earth happened that made the tree that was brought down the hill turn into the Charlie Brown tree??!

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