For the first time in years I will actually be home for the holidays, and by home I mean my house in Virginia Beach. Originally from Michigan (where the heart is), Kyle and I have made the 14+ hour drive north, holiday season after holiday season, to spend some quality time with family and friends. Each year has been a whirlwind filled with fun times, good food, snowy roads, and memories made. It goes without saying that the decision to forgo the trip this year is bittersweet; however, we are looking forward to waking up in our own space Christmas morning- just me, Kyle, and of course Gatsby.
Because we will actually be home, Kyle and I opted for a real Christmas tree this year. After years of using our pre-lit, 4-foot artificial prop, it was time for the real deal. Within an hour of bringing the tree home, the lights and ornaments were placed to perfection, and an unnecessary amount of winter animal figurines adorned the fireplace.
While decorating jumpstarts my Holiday Spirit, to maintain the joy all month long I want to try out new recipes and crafts that are fit for the season. In all honesty, I resolve to do this each year in hopes of starting traditions that I can pass down to my future children one day. I actually do enjoy cooking and being crafty, so it’s hardly a chore. Unfortunately, time gets away from me (a problem all too common for so many), and the New Year begins in a flurry. I suppose I will just try to put those 14+ hours I would have spent in a car to good use!