Would you believe that I managed to take zero photos during our entire Thanksgiving visit to Cincinnati? Unfortunately it’s true – but we were so busy having fun that it didn’t even cross my mind! We really enjoyed our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, and we got to spend time with both sides of the family during our stay. It was definitely a treat to be with everyone! While it was hard to spend my first Thanksgiving away from home, I feel very blessed to have so much wonderful family to celebrate with this time of year 🙂
Back in Indy, we spent Saturday settling back in and decking the halls. I managed to tear Nathan away from his studies…
…and we pulled together all of the decorations my mom and I got on her visit here a few weeks ago. It was so fun to finally set it all up!
First things first, we worked on assembling our tree (which I got at an amazing sale price, thanks to Mom’s bargain-hunting skills).
It was really straightforward to put together. I guess they figure that there’s enough stress around the holidays without making assembly difficult too 😉
We also set up the nativity set that my parents got us for Christmas last year. It felt so special to put out our pieces and to imagine the years to come when it will grow. For now, it’s baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, an angel, Rachel and Nathan chilling in the stable.
And finally – our stairwell. Wrapping garland around the stairwell is a tradition we have at home that I definitely wanted to continue in my own place. We made it work in our townhouse with some simple garland, bows and a few sparkly sprigs to spruce it up.
It’s just enough to make it feel cozy and Christmassy here – although I already have a few things on my “want” list for next year’s holiday decoration shopping trip. Would you expect any different from me? 😉
Trivia Question: Any guesses on what we used to hang our ornaments up? Hint – it’s not the standard hooks!