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 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