The only solution, I decided, was for Dan and I to create our own traditions. This weekend, that’s exactly what we did.
To kick off the weekend, we walked to a few stores around town to pick up an additional decoration or two. If we add just a little to our collection every year, we figure all our decorations will be more meaningful and special to us.
This tree and these stars will always be the decorations we bought for our first married Christmas. Not to mention our first decorations that call for candles. I suddenly have a thing for candles, apparently. Which is funny, because I used to think they were pointless. Now I’m drawn to them.
In fact, while the tree was an easy choice, we spent a good 45 minutes in Pier 1 debating between all the tea light decorations before settling on the stars. Seriously. After all, these decorations wouldn’t have the authentic “Dan & Julie” touch if we didn’t take our time making a decision!
With our new holiday décor at hand, it was time to get to work transforming our apartment to a festive space. While we decorated, we enjoyed some Rockapella Christmas music, Christmas cookies and hot chocolate spiked with creme de menthe and Irish Cream liquor.
We thought our tree would be pretty sparsely decorated, so I made a bunch of paper globes to fill it out. But as we pulled out box after box of ornaments, it became clear that the paper ornaments probably weren’t necessary. I’ll be turning those into gift tags and garlands soon.
Our little shiny bulb ornaments also didn’t fit on the tree, but added a splash of color and sparkle to our wine rack.
And while the countdown blocks I made don’t exactly match our bookshelves (should’ve thought ahead on that one), they still look great!
A few strings of lights, a pair of stockings, and a handful of other decorations later, we had a festive holiday wonderland. And I’m feeling much more in the holiday spirit!
What are some of your holiday traditions (no matter what holiday you celebrate)?