Getting a Jumpstart on 24 Days of Togetherness

Hi, friends!

I can’t believe December is just around the corner… although, I’m more than ready for it! 🙂 I feel like December marks the “official” holiday season – at least with regard to our family’s traditions via “24 Days of Togetherness.” If you haven’t had a chance to download your PDF yet, be sure to print it out and cut it up today, so you’re ready for all of the holiday fun that starts on SATURDAY!

With Thanksgiving falling so early this year, we couldn’t help but get a jumpstart on our usual holiday activities. Typically, these are mixed in with our 24 Days of Togetherness bucket list, but, this year, we’ll just add new ones to chose from. There are so many options, we might as well complete as many as we can to fully embrace the season! 🙂

The first activity that we completed was get a Christmas tree. Quinn saw one on the top of someone’s car on the way home from Thanksgiving dinner, and he just couldn’t get it out of his head, so we got our tree a couple of days later. He was so excited, we just couldn’t wait until December!

Like previous years, we went to our favorite go-to place to purchase this year’s Christmas tree.

I’m pretty sure we’ve gone to see Bernie since we moved to the area more than 10 years ago. He has the cutest little place, and the staff is so incredibly friendly!

It didn’t take us long to find the perfect Christmas tree!

Actually, Quinn picked out our tree, and it was quite the beauty – not too big (like the first year we moved into our new house) and not too small (like last year when we were afraid of getting a tree too big). His tree was the perfect size!

Annual photo! 🙂

I mean, how adorable is this place?

We counted the rings to see how old our Christmas tree was! 🙂

We also kept our Lime Leaf tradition alive and picked up takeout on the way home from getting our Christmas tree. Delicious!

After dinner, we broke out our ornaments, played John Denver’s Muppet Christmas, and started decorating the tree. (Yes, we have one million pug ornaments!)

In addition to pug ornaments, here are some other favorites…

Our hospital bracelets from when Quinn was born

(I just bought a plastic ornament on Amazon and put them inside.)

An eagle from the White House when I heard Michelle Obama speak

The new home ornament that my mom, sister, and I ALL bought for each other

The ornament that we bought after Mal and I were engaged in New York City

The ornament from Quinn’s first trip out of the country (when he was in my belly)

Decorating our tree was such a nice time together. If it’s any indiction of how the rest of the holiday season will go, we’re in for a treat! 🙂

The finishing touch was the star on top!

Question of the Day

Is your Christmas tree up already?

8 Comments

  1. So sweet! I can’t wait to have kids so I can pass on those holiday traditions! My boyfriend and I got our tree on Sunday and decorated it later that evening while listening to the “Yule Log” since we don’t have a real fireplace. Matt (my boyfriend) always surprises me – he acts like he doesn’t care about decorating, and then as soon as I pull the ornaments out, he has such a fun time reminiscing on the meaning behind each one. I love your hospital bracelet idea – so cute and creative! Happy holiday season, Tina!

  2. You just reminded me that we need a “new home” ornament! We bought our first home this year so I think that deserves it’s own special spot on the tree.

  3. Decorating the tree is my absolute favorite 🙂 And I love the hospital bracelets ornament idea – so neat!

    I also think maybe I should start a Thai takeout tradition at some point this Christmas…always a win 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! Have an awesome Thursday!

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