Native Texan Livin': The Halls are Decked & We're Ready for Christmas

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Halls are Decked & We're Ready for Christmas

We're over a week into December so I guess it's time to show you what we've been up to. :-)

The day after Thanksgiving we visited our local Christmas tree farm, Holiday Acres, to chop down our Christmas tree...Griswold style!  This Christmas tree farm is only 30 minutes away which makes it WAY more convenient than going out to Spring, which is where we used to have to go before finding this place.

They take you on a tractor trailer hay ride out to the Christmas trees where you're dropped off with a saw & a giant PVC measuring stick.  Each colored mark on the stick represents a different height, which represents the different prices.

We walked & walked & walked until we found a couple trees we liked.  I stood by 1 tree while the others kept hunting, but in the end, we chose the first tree we found.  Isn't that always the way!!!

We even found a Maggie sized tree!

Lotta sap in here!

Aaaahhhhhh!!!!  We found our tree!
"The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath."

Bec & Izzy tried their hand at sawing the tree down but it's obviously harder than we think!  Bo finally got it down & dragged it to the pick up spot.

Once we got dropped back off up front, Maggie & Izzy enjoyed some hot chocolate & had fun sledding down a hill of hay while Bo & Bec strapped the tree to the roof...of my Highlander...that doesn't have luggage rails!  He rigged it up there & I watched it the whole way home through the sunroof while holding onto the ropes that were running thru the car, hoping it wouldn't fly off! :-)

The tree made it home!!!  My niece & nephews came over to help us decorate while my sisters & mom went shopping.  (Aren't I just the sweetest Aunt EVER!) ;-)

The girls also got their very own tree in the gameroom this year!  Izzy put it up all by herself! :-)

The gingerbread houses are always fun...for them. ;-)  We finally finished them after 2 days & they are now the centerpiece of our table.

Bo & the girls decorated the yard & I am loving the new archways Bo made this year.  PVC, red duct tape to make it look like candy cane stripes & wrapped in lights.  It's like driving thru the Trail of Lights when we come home in the evenings! :-)

All of our Nutcrackers found their spot on the mantle!  We get at least 1 new one each year (sometimes more) & I try to write the year on the bottom of each one so we can remember when we got it.

These are a few of my favorite ornaments.  Most of the clay ones came from The Nutcracker Market.  My super favorite is the starfish Bo & I got on our honeymoon in Maui that says, "Mele Kalikimaka"  You's Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you! ;-)  I swear it still smells like the ocean but everyone else seems to think I'm nuts. ;-)

Well, that's all folks!  Nothing left to do but fill the bottom of the tree!

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