Hello, and happy holidays! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and holiday season surrounded by loved ones and lots of pie.
Isn't that tree gorgeous?! It's my mother-in-law Mimi's tree, and she is always on target with her festive holiday trees. (She also decorates a fall-themed one!) Her Christmas trees always remind me of my favorite childhood memories during the holiday and Christmas movies like Home Alone. Basically, if there was ever a time to say #goals (and I never do), it's now.
Christmas at the Carter household was mellow this year, as it usually is, or maybe even more so. Since Adam and I have been in transition of moving from the apartment to our new house, we decided to decorate very minimally and spend less than we normally do (which was refreshing).
This year, we only opened one box of decorations (I have stacks of boxes, and way too many Christmas trinkets...ha) and didn't put any bulbs on the tree. I realized how much I love the simple, yet beautiful look of white lights and gold ribbon. We put a garland and Christmas wreath on the mantle, and twirled white string lights through them. They really gave the room the warm, cozy, glow that is so reminiscent of Christmas, and we were just as happy. :)
Since my dad was coming home from DC for Christmas, my mom mentioned that she would like the family to spend Christmas Day together in their new house. She hadn't even touched their Christmas decorations which were still in storage, so the next day while she was at work, Adam and I decided to carry the tree to their house, along with the rest of the decorations we had up, and get them all ready. Needless to say, when she walked in that evening, she was pleasantly surprised :) Halls = DECKED!
We spent Christmas Eve with Adam's side of the family which included a prime rib dinner, lots of apple pie and ice cream, cupcakes and chocolate covered pretzels, Christmas Story on repeat, and exchanging gifts. It was perfect. Christmas Day with the Cooks was just as special, and we were all of course glad to have Dad back home. I am always so grateful when the holidays come around first and foremost because I have such an incredible family, which grew two years ago, as did my heart.
Christmas decorations aren't the only thing we surprised my mom with... :) Adam, Lucas, and I went in on a new, shiny bike for her, so she is now officially a cool cruiser geek like me. ;) (This was taken approximately 10 seconds before we walked through the door with it!) She jumped on it as soon as she got it, and we all went on a bike ride! It was a perfect Christmas day.
I am so glad this Christmas was simpler than others in the past. It reminded me of what matters most at Christmastime and why Christ was born, and that is love, without all the bells and whistles. Sure, gifts are awesome, but at the end of the day the best gift is family.
Happy Birthday, Jesus!
How did you spend the holidays? Let me know in the comment section below!
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