Christmas Time

Last weekend we went on a quest for the perfect Christmas tree. We set out to a local tree farm to cut down our tree this year, as we had done the only other time we had gotten a tree together.

Looking for our perfect tree.

Looking for our perfect tree.

The tree farm we went to ended up cutting down all of their fully grown trees already to sell as “pre-cut” trees {read: more expensive}. We opted to not get a 3-foot tall Christmas tree, so our tree hunt took us back to the parking lot to select the “perfect” pre-cut tree.

The trees were so tiny!

The trees were so tiny!

We found a great little tree and immediately set it up in our living room once we got home, only to find out that the tree was completely crooked! Oh well – you can really only tell if you’re looking at the bottom half from a distance.

Ready to take our tree home.

Ready to take our tree home.

It has been 3 years since we have had a Christmas tree in our house and since then we have acquired a lot of new ornaments. My mother in-law has given us skiing ornaments for the last few years, so we’ve opted to have a skiing-themed Christmas tree. We have some sparkly silver snowflake and ball ornaments too. Here are a few of our favorite ornaments:

Apres Ski - a cute little ornament from Vail

Apres Ski – a cute little ornament from Vail

Skier guy

Skier guy

Jackson Hole ornament

Jackson Hole ornament

Adorable sled ornament that Carrie gave me a few years ago

Adorable sled ornament that Carrie gave me a few years ago

Santa in ski boots from Vail

Santa in ski boots from Vail

This one makes me think of our little Aspen dog.

This one makes me think of our little Aspen dog.

The big skis are our tree topper!

The big skis are our tree topper!

The finished product

The finished product

Our little house is all decorated for Christmas, too.

Christmas time!

Christmas time!

'tis the season

’tis the season

One of my favorite Etsy finds!

One of my favorite Etsy finds!

I spent the better half of Friday baking up a storm of Christmas cookies. I tried all new recipes this year {so, sorry friends if they don’t turn out!}, thanks to Pinterest, so it was fun to switch things up. This year I made peppermint bark cookies, melting moments, buckeye balls and ginger cookies. The ginger cookies did not turn out, but everything else seemed to taste pretty good to me.

The kitchen always turns into a disaster when I bake.

The kitchen always turns into a disaster when I bake.

The plate that we get to keep!

The plate that we get to keep!

Christmas has really snuck up on me this year! I am finishing my Christmas shopping tonight, thankfully, but I have been feeling very ill prepared this year. I’m hoping that my holiday stamps arrive in tomorrow’s mail so that I can get my Christmas cards out by Tuesday – this will be a record for the latest I’ve ever sent them! Sorry friends and family… I am certainly enjoying the Christmas spirit and holiday cheer and looking forward to seeing my family for the holiday.

Our cute little garland out front.

Our cute little garland out front.