Sometimes all you need are vibrant red lips to make your day feel more festive and bright. Plus, this awesome Wild Fox beanie I found for 2.99 added a little glitter, and a lot of warmth, to a casual Saturday morning spent running errands.
I really enjoyed designing these cards and photographing them. Hope you enjoy them too. I’ll be back very soon with more holiday updates, as we have had a jammed packed month of festive activities. Hope everyone has found time for relaxation, amidst the Christmas rush, to slow down and soak in the magic of the holidays.
We definitely started a new tradition this year by going out to the National Forest in Red Feather to cut down our own Christmas tree. We listened to Christmas music during our drive, getting extra excited every time a car passed us, driving in the opposite direction with a tree strapped to the top. Once there we found a spot along the dirt road that looked thick with potential, we parked the car, and with hot chocolate and saw in hand, headed out into the forest to find our perfect tree. Even with the chilly wind, it was beautiful and refreshing being in the mountains. There was no lack of trees to choose from, in fact I found the search for our tree a bit overwhelming at first. Each tree had such unique qualities and shape, some tall and skinny, some crooked and full, some with pine cones, some without, little cute ones and big towering trees that made me wish we had more space. We found two smaller trees, one for a friend and one for family, before finding the tree we decided to bring home for ourselves. We immediately saw it and fell in love with its enchanting asymmetry, and sweeping, full branches. On our way home my heart felt full and I couldn’t help but think how special and fulfilling our experience had been. With our tree up in our living room now, waiting to be decorated, that experience makes its presents there even more magical.
If you live in the Northern Colorado area I highly recommending taking advantage of this opportunity, and make special holiday memories with your family. Permits are 10$ a tree and can be cut form Dec 1 -Dec. 9 each year. Get more information here.
Having stockings filled to the brim on Christmas morning is one of my favorite memories. My mom always made sure that our stockings were stuffed with creative, cute, & tasty trinkets. I always knew how much thought and love went into her role as “santa”, making Christmas morning very special for the whole family. We would slowly go through our stockings sharing and showing what each of us pulled out next, relishing in the discovery of small treats. I love what can hide in stockings, the little things that fall to the toe, and are fished out last. I’ve always been drawn to little things of whimsy, and I think small gifts from the heart can have the same, or more, impact as some of the bigger boxes under the tree.
On another holiday note, today we are headed to the forest to find our Christmas tree. This is the first time we’ve cut down our own tree and I am very excited. I think this will make our tree even more special this year, and the experience I imagine will be much more lasting than those we have had at tree lots. Tonight our house will smell like pine and we will be kicking off our holiday season at home decorating and probably listening to Christmas music. Happy Holidays!