This will be my mine and the hubby's 7th Christmas together, and I simply love our little traditions. We always get a hot chocolate after picking out our tree from the local doughnut shop, and come home and savor that before we get down to business. I also make a fun playlist on my Rhapsody account to play while we are decorating. I am an unrepentant rock/metal fan, and one of my favorite guilty pleasures around Christmas is the Monster Ballads Xmas album:
Lots of fun stuff on here, but my favorites are Jani Lane's versions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and Winger's version of "Happy Christmas, War Is Over". I like to mix it up with other fun songs like "Christmas in Hollis," Everclear's version of "Santa Baby" and some of the traditional Burl Ives, Dean Martin type stuff.
I thought our tree turned out really nice this year. We realized when we opened our ornament box that we had a conversation last year about throwing away our crappy Dollar Tree ornaments and buying nice ornaments on sale after Christmas, but apparently it was just that...a conversation about it. We had thrown away the crappy ornaments but had not bought new ones! We do have a handful of sentimental ornaments we were able to put up, but we're going to go have to get a few more to fill out the tree! My hubby did a total Griswold with the tree lights this year, but it does look nice:
Even our fish Axl got his living quarter spruced up with a Santa and some Christmas lights. I think he likes the lights, he's been very active since we put them around his tank. Either that or he thinks he's on acid. ;) He's kind of small, but he's at the bottom of his tank and a greenish yellow.
This is my favorite picture of the night. This is our dog Natasha, who I love and adore, but she is the definition of an old dog who has run out of give a damns. She's 14, blind in one eye and we think she may be losing her hearing, so I can't quite blame her for acting like a little old meemaw sometimes. Anyway if you are dog owner, you know the best part of Christmas is being able to torture your dog with some sort of antler or hat contraption. In our case it was antlers with jingle bells on them.
On another note, my fitness and eating this past week has been really horrible. I am hoping to be able to get more into a routine once the weekend is done, but I fear that may not be the case. It has unfortunately been a tough month for me, and I am a little ashamed to say that I will be happy when the holidays are done. It's not that I don't love Christmas, but it's tough to get into a rhythm when you are pulled in 9 different directions. I still am highly motivated, but also have to give myself a break for sanity once in awhile.