Yes, you read right! This post is not just by Michael or just by Staci. We’re combining our awesome mind powers to bring you this special holiday post of our night of Christmas Decorating. So, here’s how things are gonna go. Michael’s typing will be in Italics, and Staci’s will be in Regular font. Here we go! (ps… if you couldn’t tell, Michael wrote this first paragraph, but it’s not in Italics)
We actually put up our tree a week before Thanksgiving. I know, I know…that’s super early. But it was the only time we’d be able to put it up before we went to San Antonio for Thanksgiving, and we wanted our tree to be the first we put up. I made Chili Stew (I’ll probably post a recipe sometime. It’s really yummy!) and we put in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to watch while we ate. When it was finished, we put on some Christmas music and pulled out the decorations.
“Charlie Brown Christmas” is my favorite Christmas movie. And chili stew is good! And Christmas trees are awesome! And Christmas music is fun! And my wife is my favorite!!! … So I guess you could say it was a night of AWESOMENESS!!!!!
We bought this little tree our first Christmas right before we got married. So even though we’ve only been married a little less than two years, this will be our third Christmas together.
Our first ornament of the year is one our friend Kaitlyn made for us before we got married:
Since we got married 5 days before Christmas, we decorated in red, silver, black and white. We used lots of ornaments and things that we still get to use in our Christmas decorating. So it’s like a double bonus–decorating for Christmas and thinking about our wedding!
Our wedding was awesome too!
Before the lights and the star:
It was my turn to put the star on this year!
We have a star because we were looking for a tree topper (angel or star) and all the angels were way creepy looking! So we decided to go with this star! I like it… it doesn’t stare at my soul.
Here’s the finished product:
We made those stockings last year. We searched EVERYWHERE for stockings that we liked and couldn’t find any. We finally found these at Hobby Lobby, but they both had huge bows on them (like mine). So I took the bow off of Michael’s, and added a snowman. I love them now!
Isn’t my wife so creative and cute?! …. By the way that’s a pretty good-lookin’ tree if I say so myself!
I’d delete that, but he said I can’t change what he wrote…And speaking of my husband, Santa came to help!
And I have no clue what he’s doing here…
What do you mean you don’t know what I was doing? I was protecting us from the scary ornament stealing elves!!!
We had lots of normal ornaments plus ones that we’ve been given or have bought over the past few years. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved looking at all of the ornaments; I love being able to think about where each of them came from.
We bought this one at church a few weeks ago. It’s from Bethlehem (a company called Bethlehem Art), and it’s made from a real olive tree!
My friend, Jamie, gave us these at work last year. It’s a pickle! You’re supposed to hide it and then the kid (or person) who finds it gets an extra gift. I think we’ll start using it for real after we have kids and they get older. But for now, it’s a fun ornament.
This is from our vacation to San Antonio last summer:
And this is from our Disney Vacation last year:
My Meme gave me this one. I can’t remember if she made them or if they’re Granny’s or who’s…but I like it!
I could go on and on about every ornament, but I won’t…
whew… that was a close one! 🙂
We also put other decorations around the living room. This is under the tree:
On the bar (but now it has another Christmas plate on it too):
My Meme painted these a long time ago. They’ve always been at her house, and I’ve loved them since I was a little bitty girl. Well, last year Michael and I were helping Meme and Pawpaw decorate for Christmas and she gave these to me! I was SO excited! Now they’re beside our tree:
In the shelves under the TV:
My dad bought me the little Nativity Scene before we got married. It’s made out of clay, and it folds up into a present!
On either side of the TV:
I’m so thankful that Michael is such a great husband and helps me with all of this! It was so much fun being able to decorate everything together.
Christmas is my very favorite time of year.
I just love the weather (it was 30 degrees this morning, by the way! Woo-hoo!! It was about time it stopped being in the 80s!), time with family and friends, decorating, music, and everything about it. And I can’t forget the true reason for Christmas: Jesus. Could there be a better holiday?!
–Staci AND Michael