Tress and Gifts [Days 14 & 15]

Day 14: Real or artificial tree?

I mentioned this in Day 7’s post about my most memorable Christmases. Growing up, we always had a fake tree which was great – less hassle, less maintenance, less clean-up.

But. I still always wanted to experience a real Christmas tree. Then, two Christmases ago, I was spending my first Christmas with Tom and his family. I had just finished up with my grad school exams and had moved from Manhattan to his parents’ house in Long Island. They caught wind of my desire to have a real tree and decided that they would go back to having a real tree.

I got to go with them to pick out the tree and it was such a fun experience! Everything smelled pine-y and it was cold and snowy, adding to the season and the effect of it all.

Christmas Trees!

When we got our tree home, it smelled so wonderful and looked so pretty; even Finster liked it.

Finster and the tree

Again, I didn’t have to clean up the needles, water it, or get rid of it once Christmas was over, so I am still all for a real tree. When Tom and I have our own house, I definitely want to get real trees, even if we stick to tiny ones!

Day 15: Best gift you’ve ever given?

I’m not about to brag about things I’ve gotten people. It’s not about the cost or size of the item, it’s more of the excitement I felt before giving a gift and while watching the person open it. It’s about knowing someone so well that you get them a gift that you are sure will make them happy.

Two Christmases ago, I got my mom a record player, some speakers, and a few records to replace some of hers that she lost during the yard sale once I moved. It made her really happy – although her original records would never be replaced, it helped a little.

Christmas Decor [Day 8]

Tom and I have not decorated our apartment for the holidays since we moved here. BUT we have had soft white and multicolored Christmas/string/fairy lights up year round since we moved in. So that kind of counts.

They are especially nice this time of year because A) the holidays and B) it gets so freaking dark so freaking early that it’s nice to have some soft lighting all night before bed.

Anyways, today’s post is supposed to be a picture of Christmas decor. I love decorating for the holidays and just in general, but there’s not much room for excess stuff here in Brooklyn. When we have our own house one day, I plan on going nuts in the decorating department.

Buuuuutttt since we don’t have any decorations here, I’ll share a picture from two Christmases ago when Tom and I posed with our engagement ornaments. The quality is pretty poor, but the memories aren’t. And it’s Christmas decor. So there.

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Most memorable Christmas [Day 7]

I kind of touched on this with yesterday’s post, but here are my top 3 most memorable Christmases.

  1. When I was about 5 or 6, my dad pulled the A Christmas Story present scene.
  2. I went ice skating a few days before Christmas at Rockefeller Center when I was 22. This was a tough Christmas as it was the first one since my mom went into the nursing home.
  3. I spent my first Christmas downstate with Tom and his family when I was 24; we were engaged and finally got to spend the day together rather than some days before or after. His parents bought a real tree that year because I had never had a real tree growing up; they’ve bought a real tree two years in a row now, and I think they’re going for three!