We always decorate our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. I think it started back when we were newly weds in California because we always traveled back to Michigan for the holidays. We were lucky in that I was teaching and Brad, as a graduate student, was also on an academic calendar. So we got to go home for about two weeks.
Since it cut down on the amount of time we were in our apartment in California, I wanted to decorate for the holidays as soon as possible so I could enjoy everything. Even though we only had a little table top tree, I enjoyed putting on the ornaments and setting out the two bright red jeweled berry topiaries that we splurged on one year. As a couple on a budget they were quite expensive for us at the time, but I just love them and it's not the holidays without them!
This year we were busy around the house on Saturday and also got our annual holiday photos done too. It was still a bit chilly but warmer than usual so we took just a few outside and then several more indoors. The Christmas magic must be in the air already because one of the two family shots in our front yard came out the best out of all our attempts.
She's a little windswept, but this one of ER's sweet little smile by the evergreen by our front porch will also be gracing the inside of our card. I can't wait to get them! The photo calendars I ordered at the same time have already shipped, I hope these come soon too.