BLURRY PHOTOS ALERT!
(Sorry, I've only had my camera for about a year and haven't read the directions yet)
I just love this picture of the tree and wreath but it's not my tree. We had a get-together with our friends and this was the first thing we saw as we walked into their house. SOOO pretty! The house wasn't spilling over with decorations, but just enough to give it the festive, holiday spirit.
You know how sometimes you want to try something new and it's WONDERFUL and other times, well, not so much?? That was us this Christmas. I love the look of Christmas trees and ornaments are my FAVORITE, but decorating the tree just isn't up my alley. I don't enjoy it, I think it's kind of a pain, and basically I thought we could just do without one this year. Scott's usually the one who puts it up and takes it down, and he's fine with it. He agreed with me though and said sure, we'd forgo that tradition this year. No biggie, right?
I never had a fireplace in my house growing up so that's my fun thing - I love to decorate it and we still put up our other things around the house to give it that "Christmasy" feeling. About a week later, however, after seeing tree after tree everywhere else, I really started missing it. Plus, isn't it so fun at night to turn the lights off and just have the tree on? Plus, all those sweet memories when we get out the homemade ornaments or ones that have special meaning - priceless. Then, CRACK ME UP, Sara came home from work with this...(she's 19, by the way)
She said she didn't like not having a Christmas tree and she'd just make one herself. You go, girl!! So we all decided that yep, we like having a tree, and even though this one was really easy to take down, we don't mind Scott going through the trouble of putting one up. LOL! Trying Something New #1 - DISLIKE.
Here's something else we did this year that my mom decided to try. The grandkids that are in town range in age from 13-23 and she sent a card to each one (this was to my son, Adam): (click to enlarge)Out of the seven grandchildren in town, six work in the food industry in one form or another. Three work for Schnucks (the company my husband works for), and three work in restaurants. She wanted them to each bring something. I thought this was such a fun idea!! So here's what they came up with (and no parents helped out, but a couple girlfriends/boyfriends did) - sorry for the blurriness:
Raspberry/cream cheese dip - BEST dip evah!!!
Garlic/butter mashed potatoes (OH MY WORD!)
Chocolate chip dip (sweets by a sweetie)
Brownies (made by the 13 year old) - PERFECT!
Banana nut bread - brought by someone nutty; Cookies (underneath the brownies) - YUM; and two kinds of cupcakes (made by a girlfriend, but tasted for quality assurance, no doubt, by my nephew). The ones in back had peanut butter icing and I'm proud to say I did NOT eat all six of them - go me!
The iron chefs:
Trying Something New #2 - LIKE!
Not all changes were a success but at least we explored new waters. Any time I told someone we didn't put up a tree, they looked at me like I grew an arm out of my head. Seriously? Come on, it wasn't THAT big of a deal. It's not like I went to church and sang "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells". Sometimes you just gotta shake it up!