Saturday, December 15, 2012

Getting Ready for Christmas

I absolutely love the Christmas season - the decorating, the music, the shopping, the eating, the parties...the build up to December 25th is a natural high for me.

Christmas officially begins the weekend after Thanksgiving for us.  It's been our tradition to hunt down that perfect Christmas tree and have it up and decorated as a symbol of the start of the holiday season.

As always, we made a trip to Booth's Christmas Tree Farm in Conway to find our tree.

The past few years we chose a Leland Cypress, but we had problems with all of them drying out too quickly.  This year we opted for a Red Cedar.  The one we chose is big, full and has a nice shape - we are also very pleased with its amazing scent.  It's the first thing you smell when you walk in our house.

This sucker is so big, in fact, that we had to completely rearrange our living room just to accommodate its beastly self.  We actually like our new arrangement, so everything seemed to work out in the end.  Robert wussied out on cutting down the tree this year - I think it might've had something to do with the family beside us who brought along their chain saw and had their tree cut down in seconds.  Robert couldn't bear working that hand saw after seeing that - :)

Cutting down our own tree has to be one of my favorite experiences at Christmas time.  The kids LOVE it and there's something special about taking a tree straight from the ground to your living room.

In addition to our Christmas Tree Farm visit, we always attend the Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade.  Again, the kids LOVE it and it's actually a really great parade.  Lots of floats, great entertainment, and most importantly, lots of candy.

We are so excited for Santa's Claus this year!  I definitely have many things left to do in preparation for his arrival.  Only 10 more days!!

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