It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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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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