We tucked our artificial tree in the corner of the living room. Because I'm kind of OCD, my tree had to match the room. I went with green, Turquoise and silver. I used throw that normally lives on the couch as a tree skirt rather than purchasing one. The pictures can do all the talking.
When it came to wrapping presents, I was looking for a cheap alternative to wrapping paper. Enter recycled newspapers from my office and paper grocery bags. Both were free fiddy. I threw in some inexpensive doilies and some touches of color with different ribbons. I grabbed some Christmas stamps from the holiday bin at Michael's and added some Christmas trees and snowflakes for good measure. For such a cheap alternative to traditional to gift wrapping, I'd say they turned out all right.
If you know me, then you know I am not the biggest fan of cooking in general. Unless it involves making cookies that I can elaborately decorate. I get a little out of control - all the dough and icing is made from scratch and each cookie is individually painted. It's my thing. It's what i do. As stated above, in line with my OCD, I even like for my cookies to match my tree and my house so last year I kept in line with my turquoise and green and metallic theme through and through.
Thanks to the ease of surfing cookies on Pinterest, I got brave and tried marbling. It. Was. Awesome. Very easy, very pretty. Joel even joined in the fun and decorated some. Another key part of our cookie tradition, however, is also that we must drink beer while we decorate.
The colorful cookies are sugar cookies, the brown ones are gingerbread. Here you go.
This year we've kept up our tradition of putting our tree of the weekend after Thanksgiving while watching Elf and even created the new tradition of bringing home a real tree. I have sneezed much less with a real tree than I did fluffing the dust-filled artificial trees of yore.
Once I get our presents wrapped and cookies decorated, perhaps I'll post Christmas 2012 on time this year. Until then, I give you Santa's Tree Lot.