Monday, December 2, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

As you all probably know, this past week was Thanksgiving so I got to go home! It was so so so wonderful to see my family after being at school for so long (read: 4 months). I also got to see my puppy, Millie, and my great friends Michaela and Natalie. I got to relax for 5 days and not worry about school. It was pretty close to perfect.
Since we got our fake Christmas tree in 2006, we haven't had a real tree. I like the fake tree for the convince, but sometimes it is way more fun to get a real tree. My brother, Luke, and I finally convinced our mom to let us get one this year! I promised to water it whenever I was home. 
I was super excited to be able to pick out a tree and decorate it. Real trees just smell so nice! And I love how natural they look. 

Here I am picking out a tree at Lowe's in the very cold rain. We definitely didn't get the tallest tree (I think Luke is taller than it to be honest), but it is very full and I'm very happy with my decision. 

We put the tree up on Wednesday, Thursday Luke put the lights on and on Friday, Natalie came over to help us decorate. At first I didn't want to use colored lights, but the rest of my family vetoed me. In the end I am really happy with the way to turned out!

I had to wear my sequined Santa hat (#fashonista) and put on Christmas music while we made the house festive to help get in the spirit! Natalie and I accidentally wore the same shirt, then wore scarfs and hats. She showed up at my house and we looked at each other and we both immediately starting laughing at the coincidence. 

Here I am setting up the Nativity scene. The past few years we didn't put it up because we couldn't decide where would be a good place for it. After de-cluttering the mantel, I decided that would be the perfect spot (read: safe from curious pets). 

While I was at home I also got crafty and made Erin and Amanda's presents. I'll post pictures after they have opened them (I don't want to spoil anything!). 

Now that the tree is up, I am definitely in the Christmas Spirit! I go home for Winter break on the 11th and I can't wait! I love this time of the year, and getting to spend it with my family is so meaningful.

Are you excited for Christmas?!

Love y'all, Robin Malia

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