happy december, friends! hope you all had a fabulous and festive first weekend of december; i certainly did. this weekend was fantastic, and i have to say i’m quite sad it’s over. nevertheless, it’s time to share all the awesomeness with my readers! the absolute main event of the weekend was getting a real, legit, awesome, not fake, fraser fir christmas tree.
after kicking off the weekend with good food, good people and fun organizing (seriously), it was time to deck the hall in the burbs of maple grove. we’d already picked up some holiday decor, and stopped at target to get some necessities to jazz up the tree we would soon have. then we headed to perl’s landscaping to search for our tree. i was like a little kid on christmas morning i was so excited. i have never had a real christmas tree before and the whole experience was everything i hoped it would be. rows after rows of trees. full of christmas tree goodness. we chatted it up with a worker to get the DL on how this all works. we decided we were going to go with a 6-7′ fraser fir tree, since they require the least amount of maintenance and last the longest. we searched up and down the rows, inspecting our potential choices. some were a little homely looking, some were more shaped like a bush than a tree, some were too skinny or too fat, and finally we found one that was just right. all the while i had the biggest smile on my face. one of the guys came over, and took it to saw off the stump. brandon and i went to pick of a wreath, get a stand and learn how to take care of this bad boy. tree lot guy strapped the tree up on clifford and we were ready to get christmas started.
i was in a haze of christmas happiness as we drove home. feelin’ so festive driving around of a tree on the roof like you see in the movies. we pulled up and unloaded the wreath and other holiday decor we’d acquired. brandon hung the weath up on the front door and then it was tree time. my roll: play photographer and keep starks out of the way. we learned that christmas trees aren’t’ as heavy as we’d thought, and brandon was able to get it inside pretty easily. he got it up on the stand and we let it stand a little while. it looked so pretty already. to add to the christmas spirit we put on the christmas classics: frosty the snowman, santa clause is coming to town, and rudolf the red-nosed reindeer. i did some trimming to even it out a little bit, but for the most part is was ready to be bedazzled. i got the job of lights lady. this was always my moms role at home, until we got a prelit tree awhile ago. so i had no previous experience nor had i seen it done in awhile. i sort of knew what i was doing.(in case you were wondering, the difference between aritifical and real trees? other than one is real and one is not is that artificial has set areas where the branches are, so you know what’s up. real trees are kind of a hot mess once you get in there.) and we soon realized we probs should have got a couple more strands of lights. oh well, it was our first pancake as the girlmore girls would say.
while i was brightening up the tree, brandon was making homemade hot chocolate. it was just cocoa, milk, and a little salt. i knew it would taste good since it was homemade, but i didn’t know it would taste so flipping amazing. and then we added baileys and cinnamon and oh my yum. fantastic. amazing. nom nom nom. then it was time to deck it out with ornaments. we got red, silver and greyish ball ornaments and brandon had some of his own. we strategically got them all on there and then it was topped off with a star. the final step was the village underneath the tree and boom. christmas tree = accomplished.
afterwards we turned off the lights and sat and enjoyed it in all it’s christmas tree beauty. i am pretty proud of us for our first tree, it’s just so pretty. this holiday season has been fabulous so far and now it really is beginning to look a lot like christmas.