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For our first Christmas as a married couple, we bought an adorable Precious Moments ornament to celebrate the occasion. It’s on our gorgeous tree, named Winston (pictured below).
We got Winston at the start of December, but he still looks and smells amazing.
Mike and I are blessed to have so many good friends and co-workers. We put up the cards we received on our wall decal as sort of a second Christmas tree!
Thank you to everyone who thought of us this year!
For our Christmas dinner, I made the pair of candle holders above using some lace, two mason jars, some twine and two red bells. Super easy project, considering that I planned them for one-time use (so there’s a bit of tape holding them together!)
It always surprises me how quickly the advent calendar switches over! This tree I bought from Starbucks a while back. I don’t even bother putting chocolate in it anymore because we have so much chocolate in the house already! Also, we displayed the cute snowman I got from a co-worker last year.
Even our bookshelves are decked out in holiday cheer. That’s our wedding scrapbook in the back, with the angel on top of our wedding guestbooks.
I made little 3D Christmas tree placecards for our dinner. The inspiration came from Martha Stewart’s version (here), but I just used the simple kindergarten version of 3D trees rather than her printout.
This Christmas, we had dinner for five, including myself, Mike, our moms, and a family friend. So maybe I was a bit too hungry once the food came out to take a picture of the meal. Oops! Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing holiday, and starting to make new years resolutions for January (and forgetting them after the first two weeks)!
It’s that time of year again! Here’s just a look at some cards I made and handed out!
Mike gave me a Cricut mini and a Cuttlebug for Christmas, so from now on, I’ll actually make my own die cutting shapes, and use embossed paper! I’m excited to give the machines a try.
I’ve already gotten a few new embossing folders from Amazon! Pinterest inspiration, here we go!
Have a merry Christmas, with lots of family time and good food!
After my epic photowalk on Sunday, my friend Addy and I went to see the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden. As a general warning to anyone who plans to go (it’s open until January 2nd, 2012), the buses were very backed up due to heavy traffic and there was a huge line at the door. Luckily, Addy and I already had tickets so we went right in! If you plan to go, buying tickets in advance online will be a really good idea.
The trees in the garden were lighted up in Christmas colours, and they had light-up flowers lining the pathways, which were jammed full of people and kids and strollers. We walked into the garden right when a choir was singing, and the atmosphere was very festive.
The above picture is of the Make-a-Wish Candle Shrine that was surrounded by little children and a small audience. It reminds me of a song by Avalon: Light a candle, light the dark, light the world, light a heart or two, light a candle for me… I’ll light a candle for you.
They also had mini donuts (thanks for sharing with me, Addy)!!! So delicious. I heard afterward that there were waffles as well on the other side of the garden but unfortunately we ran out of time.
While the night was chilly, we had a great time (only wish the bus had come earlier so we could enjoy more of the park!) and it was a nice Christmas-y thing to do. It’d be a great date idea too, as “mistletoe moments” were scattered around the garden. If only it would snow for Christmas…
Derry took pictures with Santa today in his Christmas sweater. At first he was freaked out at being held by a stranger who had more facial fur than he did, but then he decided it was fine, if Santa brings him treats on Christmas day.
I have never seen him so happy to be in the bathtub – I had to take a picture. I should have also taken a picture of the tub… so many dirty paw prints. The fatty loves making a mess.
He is now all pooped out on the couch, so I put a pompom on his head.
Mike and I put up our tree today! We picked up a Canadian Plantation tree from Kitsilano Secondary (which is open 7 days a week from 9am-9pm). It smells amazing and I think we did a pretty stellar decorating job too. We bought a huge box of 100 ornaments from Superstore a couple weeks ago for just $9.50 – best deal ever! A few of them were unusable, but the rest really filled out the tree. We even had a few left over. We got new lights too – last year’s looked too blue for our liking. Please ignore the piece of string holding up our tree – our elliptical is holding up the tree at the moment (Mike says that’s the most benefit we’ve gotten from that machine in the last little while). For some reason, the trees keeps leaning out of the tree stand – does anyone else have this problem?
Derry thinks it’s cold and that dogs should hibernate in the winter. Since I keep waking him up, he’s resorted to stealing my scarf. He thinks it’s hilarious – little bugger.
Malcolm joined in by hanging his own little stocking. He says he’s been good this year and hopes Santa will fill the stocking with some wood bites. Since he doesn’t steal my scarf, he probably will get some nibbles.
We had leftover baubles, which are now hanging under the counter. I really like the silver glitter ones… but then again, I like all shiny things, so that’s not a huge surprise. I am pretty excited for Christmas break, looking forward to some good food with family and friends.