And They’re Up!

Last night I did something that I haven’t done for a while, I took a spin class!

Before the summer I was spinning at least two times per week, then I signed up for a half-marathon and running took over my life. I like spinning, it’s a nice change-up from my usual gym routine, and it really gets my heart pumping.

Plus on a cold Monday night, when it is already dark at 4:30p.m and I am tired, taking a class over trying to workout on my own is always the best option.

Christmas Decorations

Christmas is without a doubt my all time favorite holiday. The weekend after Thanksgiving has always been the weekend that we dig out the Christmas decorations and go to town.

Ever since I was a child, I remember my parents decorating the whole house with festive wreathes, figurines, random knickknacks and of course the Christmas tree. Although we have seriously diminished the amount of decorations we put up, we still put up probably more decorations than most people.

My brother and my dad typically put up the outside lights, while my mom and I take care of the inside.

Random Fact: I’ve never had the thrill of going to cut down a real tree for Christmas. My parents always had fake trees growing up, so that’s what they stuck with. When I was younger, I used to be a little jealous of all the kids who would brag about going to cut down real tree’s with their family. In my house we put up two (fake) trees, so I guess that makes up for not having a real tree, right?

Speaking of having two trees, when I was younger my mom would not let my brother and I help her decorate the big 10 foot tree that we put up in our living room. All of the decorations are breakable, each branch needs to be carefully opened up and placed into the middle trunk pole and all of the lights need to be carefully intertwined in between the branches. This is not your usual 3 piece fake tree with lights already attached folks, nor is it a “kid friendly” tree either. My mother has a knack for creativity, and now that I am older I can totally understand why she wouldn’t let us touch this tree.

Since we weren’t able to help with the big tree, my parents let us put up our own 7 foot tree downstairs. This tree is much more child friendly, as all the ornaments are made out of plastic or paper. Actually we made most of the ornaments ourselves by using the McDonald’s Happy Meal figurines, and attaching wire to them. We also hang up all of the paper ornaments that we made while in grade school on this tree, remember those?

I love both tree’s for different reasons. Now that I do help my mom put up her masterpiece Macy’s Department Store status tree, I appreciate all of the hard work and effort that it takes to make this tree look as beautiful as it does. I also especially love the “kid-friendly” tree because most of the ornaments are sentimental and meaningful to me, plus I’m more of a colorful lights girl anyway!

Along with the two trees, we also have a silver Christmas tree light display on the bow-window, and stockings and stuffed animals by the fireplace.

Gosh, I love Christmas! Now about those presents that are supposed to go under the tree….;-)


What is your favorite Holiday?

If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a real tree or a fake one, why? What other decorations do you put up?

Quote of the Day

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson




  1. My parents have ALWAYS had a fake tree, and growing up, I used to get so jealous of people who had real trees. Now that I live on my own, I am DEFINITELY making sure Nick & I get a real tree this year! They smell SO good!
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  2. Tree looks gorgeous! My dad worked with for the forestry council so we always had real trees in our house-love the smell of them

  3. we are still getting out our Christmas decorations! we used to do spin a lot when we had a gym membership, we loved it!
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  4. Christmas is definitely one of my fav times of year! We decorated this past weekend and I LOVE how warm and cozy the house looks!
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  5. Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday :) I just love this time of year, and all the baking and present-buying/wrapping, special time with family & friends! We always get a real tree, but my mom waits until just a few weeks before Christmas and picks up one of the “reject” trees…missing chunks of branches, leaning to the side etc. She says she feels bad no one else wanted it haha
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  6. Omg! That’s a GORGEOUS tree!!!

    Growing up, we had the real thing but they were also so funky looking… branches out of place or really fat, or really skinny. They were also a mess to clean, although we left that up to Mom.

    Now, I do a fake tree. I recently moved to my own place and purchased a black 6.5 ft tree. Its different and I added all sorts of colorful ornaments. My parents have my old fake green tree with more traditional ornaments. You can never have enough trees is my motto!
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  7. Spin is the best! It’s my choice of cardio! I just love it. Your tree is so pretty! We put ours up as well and I think we had a real tree only once before we realized how messy and annoying it is ha. Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday, I feel like such a child again.
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  8. Just stumbled upon your blog! Wow, your Christmas decorations are gorgeous. :) Growing up, my family always had a real tree. It was almost a mortal sin to suggest otherwise, but now, my husband and I have an artificial tree because I get tired of vacuuming up pine needles. :P It’s okay, you can call me Scrooge.
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    • You are definitely not a scrooge! Haha, I will probably end up always having an artificial tree, but I would like to eventually have a real tree at least once!

  9. The tree looks so pretty! I really love the ornaments! Love decorating for the holidays!

    Happy week to you love!
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  10. First of all I am new to your blog and I love it! This post caught my eye because my house was the same way around Christmas. Two trees– one that my mom decorated every year with a new design/theme and then another that had all the kid ornaments. We also had fake ones because it’s hard to keep pets away from the needles and the water of a real Christmas tree. I thought this two tree thing was just something strange my family did but I guess not! :)

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