We celebrated Christmas Day with a couple of our closest friends. The four of us don't have a lot of family left, so a few years ago we decided to get together for Christmas and celebrate together. Now, years later, she's the godmother of my daughter and I'm godmother of her son. So it definitely feels like family.
When we drove home from their house at night, our daughter fell asleep in the car. So we decided to drive around for a bit, enjoy the quiet streets, the cold outside while we were cozy and warm inside the car and all the great holiday decorations we saw. Some neighbourhoods go all out, which was really fun to see. We even got some inspiration for our yard next year.
I didn't take a lot of pictures because I was mainly just looking around and enjoying the view, but here are some photos I snapped
Although I love the idea of sending out Christmas cards, we usually don't get around to it. And on the years we do end up sending them, we usually pick a more "modern" print. So this was a fun change.
I hadn't heard of Currier and Ives before I started with this, so I had no idea what to expect. I googled some of their work and I loved the prints right away though. There is something cozy and warm about them. It gives an instant Christmas feeling.
Now, to actually find Currier and Ives Christmas cards that would be available for shipment to Europe, that was the hard part. Luckily, I found the website FineArtAmerica , which turned out to be great. Lots of choices and flawless delivery. We ended up picking the print "Bringing Home The Logs".
Once they were delivered, I wrote and sent them out to our friends and family. Another (small) Christmas Bucket List item I loved!
This item is one I got to check off on the same day we went to pick out our own Christmas tree. The park that we visited allowed everyone to cut down their own Christmas tree. So we brought a (small) saw and I got to cut it down myself! We let our daughter cut down her tree herself as well (with some help from my husband) and she couldn't have been prouder!
When I was about 6 or 7 years old, my parents bought a fake Christmas tree because they didn't like cleaning up the needles left by a real one. They managed to find one that looks great and is very easy to put together. When I went and moved in with my (now husband-)boyfriend, I got to take it with me. So we've been using this one for many years now, but the idea of going out and picking up a tree ourselves sounded fun! So we decided to go out and get one to put in our backyard.
I didn't find a lot of tree farms in our neighbourhood, but I found the next best thing!
"De Hoge Veluwe National Park" in The Netherlands, allows people to cut down their own tree during one weekend of the year. It was a two hour drive to get there, so we rented a room nearby and made a trip out of it.
When we got to the park, we had to pay a fee to enter and take our car with us and then it was a short 10 minute drive to the spot where we had to be. There were miles and miles of Christmas trees to be seen. Not an easy choice to make! We looked around and found one we really liked. We thought we only got to pick the one tree, but it turned out that you could also cut down a small tree for every child, so our daughter got to pick one out as well, which she loved!
There was also a stall present that sold warm drinks and soup, for when you were done picking out your tree. We took a seat around the bonfire and had a hot cocoa.
Such a great outing, we're even thinking of driving the two hours again next year!
I love Christmas! Love it, love it, love it! If I could put a Christmas tree and decorate the house on the 1ste of November, I would. Unfortunately, where I live, we have the tradition of Saint Nicholas (more on that later), that is celebrated on the 6th of december. And because of this tradition, it is somehow "frowned upon" to put up a tree and decorate before the 6th.
So I found another way to get into the Christmas spirit! I sent an E-Mail to Santa!
I found this website while I was surfing around for some fun Christmas stuff and I didn't expect much of it, but I gave it a go just for fun. The way it works is, you put in some info like your name, age, presents you would like to get,.. and it generates a letter.
Last year, I got a letter from Santa as a present from one of my friends, but the letter was very weirdly written and other than my name, there wasn't much that was right. This one however was fun! I won't give too much away, but it looked like this:
I made another letter with the information of my friend whose name I got for Secret Santa and I put it in her gift with the other things I got her. A fun (and cheap) Christmas present!
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