Holy cow, this has been one busy Fall. With work, the kids’ school and sports events, weddings and all our annual Fall traditions…we have been non-stop. I am so ready for Christmas time, to spend time with family and relax. Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of our Christmas holiday traditions. Once the last dish is washed on Thanksgiving night…it’s Christmas time in my house. Friday is for decorating the house, Saturday is for putting up lights on the house and our town’s annual lighted Christmas parade (which was better than ever this year!), and Sunday we relax and start watching Christmas movies. I just love traditions.

This year we decided to start a new tradition and cut our own Christmas tree. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good “pick your own” fruit/vegetable, but getting a real tree for Christmas was new for me. The boys loved going to pick the perfect tree. We spent a good 15 minutes searching, and there it was. We all agreed instantly.  Getting the tree home felt a little like Clark Griswold. We did have a saw, but instead of tying it to the hood of our SUV, we put in the way back of the car…a 6 1/2 foot tree in the back of MY car. Good news is my car now smells great.

We got the tree home safely, it is now up and decorated and I have to admit…I really do love it. It makes the whole house smell like Christmas AND I didn’t have to fluff it like I would a fake tree. I cant wait to see what the rest of this holiday season brings because it is sure off to a great start. I know one thing is for certain…it will be a season filled with family and tradition.

And one last thing….because I know the question will come up…it has several times in the past…..the fifth stocking on the mantle is for the dogs to share…not a third baby on the way.