IT’S DECEMBER!!! My favorite month of the whooole year! Nevermind that it’s almost 60 degrees outside, it’s CHRISTMAS TIME! We picked out our tree yesterday and then spent the afternoon and evening decorating for the holidays with my niece- garland around the banister, ornaments on the tree, and Nutcrackers for daaaays. This is our first Christmas in our new house and I’m determined to do it right! Our town house isn’t too easy to decorate with lights on the outside, so I stuck with simple candles in the window and left the more elaborate stuff for inside. It smells like a Christmas tree in our living room and I’m SO HAPPY about it!
We go to Krop’s Crops every year to get our tree! It’s an awesome family-owned farm in Great Falls, and though we normally choose to cut down a tree, we took the easy way out this year and chose a pre-cut one.
As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week!
You guys! There are only 3 seats left for the February date of A Practical Wedding Workshop! And with the TURKEYDAY code that gets you $100 off expiring tomorrow night, if you’ve been thinking of attending, hop to it! You can snag your seat HERE.
And look! A sneak peek from one VERY sweet anniversary session this past weekend :). Anyone remember the two newlyweds??
Finally, everyone? Meet my Nutcracker collection, est. 1993. Or something like that. I finally unpacked them all after having them boxed up the last few years and had so much fun remembering all the birthdays and Christmases that brought me these beautiful pieces! And these aren’t even quite all of them- I had 5 more that wouldn’t fit on the dresser top.
It began with an obsession with ballet- after years of living in a pink tutu, my mom managed to enroll me in classes at SBT when we were living in Orlando. This guy was the first nutcracker ever given to me- I think we picked him up at a yard sale or something, but I LOVED him. He’s a bit worse for wear now :).
When we moved back up to Virginia, my mom again managed to find a way to make classes happen, this time at Conservatory Ballet (best studio in northern Virginia!). Nothing could taint my excitement for Nutcracker that year- my birthday was on opening night! And for Christmas that year, my parents started a new tradition- at least one new nutcracker was gifted to me each year. As I grew older, it became a thing between my dad and I- during his travels to Europe, he’d take special care to pick out a new Nutcracker just for me. My favorites are the ones from Steinbach, THE Nutcracker designer. This little teeny Mouse King one is definitely in my top 5, as is this fat king nutcracker!
I’m concerned I might have just made you all think I’m a crazy cat lady. But I’m not, promise- my collecting habits are strictly limited to new photo equipment and Nutcrackers :).
Happy December 1st!