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…

The fun with pharm flashcards continues...
The fun with pharm flashcards continues!

…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).

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It was really straightforward to put together. I guess they figure that there’s enough stress around the holidays without making assembly difficult too 😉

Twinkling at nighttime!
Twinkling at nighttime!

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.

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2014-11-29 15.42.38We found a great spot to hang our stockings and some other garland I got, and the festive pillow that Joanne got for us really pulls out the holiday colors! I love the way all the reds pop.

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Dim lighting makes it hard to see details. Sorry!

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.

2014-11-29 16.11.02It’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? 😉

2014-11-29 16.10.01Merry Christmastime from the Beachy abode to yours!

Trivia Question: Any guesses on what we used to hang our ornaments up? Hint – it’s not the standard hooks!

5 thoughts on “Christmastime Is Here

  1. I always thought I would never get a fake tree after all the fun memories of cutting down a tree with our family growing up. But – oh.my.goodness – a fake tree is so much easier! And its so nice to be able to put up when you feel like it! I have found if you just buy a good pine scented candle you can create a similar effect even with a fake tree! 🙂

    1. I like the way you think sister! Heck – that’s what pine scented candles are for, right? 😉 Definitely saves a ton of time (and more importantly for us – money!) doing it this way!

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