I can't believe I've been living here for a year and a half! We have started a few of our own traditions in our own little family, so I thought I'd share those with you since I already shared my childhood traditions.
My roommates are the best; we have such a great time together, and decorating for Christmas isn't an exception. We start as soon as we all return from Thanksgiving with our families. Every year, over the past 3 Christmases [even before I started living here], I've helped decorate for Christmas. And every year, our display grows.
2011 [and yes, that's my cat on the roof with my roommate]
close-up on a couple of my favorite guys in our yard
[And a daytime shot. In our zoo, we have a golfing moose, some candles and presents, a polar bear, bumble, garfield, a snowman, some penguins, and an igloo. We hope to have rudolph soon too!]
This is our Christmas inspiration. This is my roommate Jeff's parents' house. It's amazing! We get lots of their hand-me-down lights and figures which is great.
In addition to decorating outside, we also have a Christmas tree. Even though it is artificial [come on, we're all 20-something singles, we have to slack somewhere!], it does have some great ornaments. This year, we also decorated our dining room.
Here are a few of our indoor decorations from last year. I love that advent wreath my parents bought me, I already hung it up for this year!
And what is a roommate-family Christmas without gifts? Usually, the day after Christmas we have our own Christmas morning and exchange gifts. I'm also in charge of the stockings and I love filling them. I just made new ones and hung them over the mantle.
I haven't decided if I'm going to post about gifts like I did last year and here and here. Over the past year, my blog has grown a bit and because I've shared it on Facebook and Twitter, I'm not quite sure who has read/reads it on occasion and I don't want to ruin surprises! Even if I decide not to post, you can check out the types of gift I give here.
And of course, we couldn't make all of our decorations happen [inside and out] without all of this: