Ryan and I are leaving for Florida after work and Girls On The Run today. We’ll sleep at my parents’ place in Jacksonville tonight to help break up the 10+ hour drive to Sarasota where we will be spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws. I swear I can already taste my mother-in-law’s pineapple soufflé and Ryan’s grandma’s glazed carrots!
Since we’ll be away for Thanksgiving, I used that as an excuse to decorate our house for Christmas last weekend so we can come home to a fully Christmasified house!
(Do you like our teeny-tiny angel tree topper? We’re using an angel ornament until we find a legit tree topper we like. And yes, there are already presents under our tree for our family members. I have a present-buying problem.)
And now for a super-short game of “Where’s Sadie?”
Sadie was not exactly a fan of my Christmas décor photo shoot this morning…
It got in the way of her sleepy snuggle time. She’s definitely not a morning dog… Unless you say the word “WALK!”
In addition to decorating the inside of our house for Christmas, Ryan and I put up all of our outdoor Christmas lights last night. (We tried to hold off, I promise!) Since the weather has warmed up significantly since last week, it wasn’t a miserable experience and we only needed a light jacket to keep warm.
Even though it wasn’t too chilly outside, we still used the whole “decorating for Christmas” excuse to break out some hot chocolate. And so, the first Fagan family Christmas gift was opened before Thanksgiving! I am so ashamed.
I gave Ryan a gift to open early because we both wanted hot chocolate and there’s one kind of hot chocolate that reigns supreme in our household.
Williams-Sonoma peppermint hot chocolate is the best. It’s made from chocolate shavings, not powder, making it extra rich and creamy.
Ryan and I first fell in love with the hot chocolate after sipping on a free sample at Williams-Sonoma years ago when we lived in Orlando. We ended up unknowingly buying it for each other for Christmas that year and now it’s a Christmastime tradition in our house to drink their amazing peppermint hot chocolate together.
I changed things up a bit this year though and bought the “sampler pack” that came with the peppermint hot chocolate but also included salted caramel and regular hot chocolate as well. We made the peppermint hot chocolate last night, but I’ll be sure to report back about the other two flavors if they’re as good as I hope they are!
Questions of the Morning
- If you decorate for the holidays, when do you start decorating?
- When it comes to outdoor decorations: White lights, colored lights or a combination?
I almost always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, but this year I got started quite early! I think owning a home has a lot to do with it, since I was anxious to decorate a place we actually felt was ours for the first time ever. My parents are also stopping by our house after Thanksgiving on their way home from Thanksgiving at my aunt’s and I think wanting them to arrive to a festive house also motivated me to decorate early. I think I love Christmas a little too much!
And as for outdoor lights, we’re all about the all-white lights in our house!