Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas traditions: the new

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.
2010

2011 [and yes, that's my cat on the roof with my roommate]

TA-DAH
 2012
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:

8 comments:

Jamie said...

Oh wow. That looks like so much work!

Adria said...

Wow your house looks amazing!!!

Amanda said...

That's so freaking awesome! :)

Enjoying the Epiphany said...

Wow! You've been busy! I found you through the blog hop and am your newest follower. I was kinda maybe hopin' that you'd follow me back ;-) !

Hugs,
Sarah
www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

mandaloves said...

The fact that you have a golfing moose just made my day :)

Kate @ Daffodils said...

THat is so fun! THis is the year year that we wont be traveling for christmas and can actually decorate!

Claudia at Lashes and Beard said...

FUN! Love the yetti guy from the Rudolph movie - one of my favorites. Also a big fan of your sidebar pictures with the Beatles lyrics. It's my all-time favorite Beatles song. :)
Thanks for linking up with Bloggers for Christmas! Hope we'll see you again next Friday!

Merry Christmas,
Claudia

Lauren Thomas said...

Thanks for linking up with us today!!! ;)
Happy Christmas Time!!!

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