• It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

    November 27, 2011

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    Ev’rywhere you go;
    Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
    With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    Toys in ev’ry store
    But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
    On your own front door.

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    Mal and I don’t have a single free weekend during the month of December, so we decided to get our Christmas on today.

    First order of business: finding pinecones in the woods!

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    Spend money on pinecones? No, thanks. We’d much rather get them for free in nature.

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    Plus, looking for pinecones in the woods is a great time for Murphy. Mal and I called him “Adventure Pug” this afternoon because he was all over the place, running around and exploring every nook and cranny of the forest. Murphy had a blast.

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    Mal and I also snagged some greens for our fireplace mantel.

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    Back at home, we turned on the holiday tunes (on Pandora) and poured ourselves a couple of glasses of eggnog.

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    Let the decorating begin!

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    So pretty! Our mantel display looks so much better than last year’s!

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    Nature-inspired centerpiece:

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    Once we finished decorating, it was time to get our Christmas tree.

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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    Mal and I got a kick out of the $0.69 pinecones! Save you money! Find them for free in the woods!

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    Mal found the perfect Christmas tree like he does every year. His special Christmas-tree-shopping-sweatshirt must bring him good luck!

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    As soon as we got home, we took the tree inside, turned on the Christmas music once again, and started to decorate.

    Tree stand? Check.

    Tree skirt? Check.

    Lights? Check.

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    Twenty-five pug ornaments? Check.

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    Ornaments with amazing memories attached to them? Check.

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    Christmas tree 2011!!!

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    Of course, we needed an M & m photo in front of the tree. It took us a few tries to get it right!

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    Dinner

    Tonight’s dinner was a big salad topped with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and balsamic vinegar.

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    And mashed potatoes + sweet potatoes on the side.

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    After dinner, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a few “Christmas Character” sugar cookies. I’d much rather bake homemade sugar cookies, but sometimes the pre-packaged ones are good too. Honestly, I don’t discriminate when it comes to cookies!

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    Mal and I are relaxing on the couch and watching a movie tonight.

    Good night, friends!

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