Monday, December 22, 2014

Real or Fake?

Christmas is only two days away, but I don't want this Holiday Season to end without venting about my dilemma this Christmas.  My husband and I had a debate throughout this Holiday season about Christmas Trees (so petty, right? lol).  I love real Christmas trees and my husband likes fake Christmas Trees, so every year since we've been married we have had the same debate (5 years lol).

I am Team Real Christmas Trees because that's the type of tree I had when I was a child.  My mom and dad would take my siblings and I to the nearest Home Depot, and we would pick out the tallest and widest tree.  It was so much fun spending time with my family and watching my dad scrap the tree to the roof of our car.  I also enjoyed decorating and watering the tree and the great pine aroma that filled our home. There is nothing like a real Christmas Tree that sets the mood for the Holiday Season!

My husband is Team Fake Christmas Tree.  He likes fake Christmas Trees because they are easy maintenance.  He believes that if we get a real tree, there will be Christmas tree needle droppings everywhere.  He thinks our little girls will place the needles in their mouths for enjoyment.  I understand, his point is valid, but my rebuttal is "I will water the tree and sweep up any needle droppings." 

So who won the battle this year?  I'm not going to lie, I put up a great fight lol.  We have two fake trees that my husband took out after Thanksgiving.  I was on Fake Christmas Tree strike! I refused to decorate the trees, they stood in my dining room and kitchen looking pitiful for two weeks!  Ladies and gentleman I was on strike lol! But, the closer Christmas got, the more I felt guilty, because of my daughters.  I did not want them to miss out on the joy of seeing a decorated tree.  So, I swallowed my pride and decorated the Christmas trees.  As I was decorating the trees, my husband came home and was so happy the strike was over.  He cut on the Christmas Carols, and my daughters danced and watched my husband and I decorate the tree.  My girls didn't care if the tree was real or fake, they enjoyed the shiny bulbs and dancing lights that twinkled on the tree.

My husband and I came to a compromise, we will get a real tree when the girls are old enough to know not to put Christmas needles in their mouths lol.  Here are some pictures of my decorations and Christmas projects I created this Holiday Season!

If you look behind me, you can see a Christmas Tree with no ornaments! This picture was taken during the strike lol. 
 Two weeks later, I finally ended the strike and decorated the tree!
The tree is decorated with blue and silver bulbs.
My daughters were happy to finally see bulbs on the tree! As long as they're happy, I'm happy!
 A poinsettia centerpiece that I made
 Normally pictures hang on this wall, but I placed Christmas wreaths in their place.
A poinsettia centerpiece that my mom gave me (it's been in the family for 25 years).

I wrapped my pictures with poinsettia wrapping paper.

This cute Christmas bear was given to my daughter by her grandparents on her dad's side.  It recites Twas' the Night before Christmas:)
 If you're like me, sometimes my cookies don't come out in perfect circles.  I found a perfect recipe to remedy this problem, Chocolate Chip Blondies!  For the complete recipe, click here.  The only thing different I did from the recipe was add pecans instead of walnuts. 
They were placed in the oven for 15 minutes on 375 degrees.
Once they were cooled, I removed them from the wrapper.  Here is the finished product, they were delicious!  I brought them to work to give out to my co-workers during cookie elves week:)
I also made reindeers to give out to my co-workers!  I used coned cello bags from Michael's Craft Store.  I filled the cello bags with hot cocoa mix and topped it off with mini marshmallows.  I tied the bags with brown chenille stems.
After the bags were filled and secured.  I glued googly eyes and red noses on each reindeer.
The finished product!
As you can see, I've been busy!  What type of Christmas tree do you prefer? What Christmas Crafts do you enjoy doing?  Chime in below:)














1 comment:

  1. On strike? Hahaha too funny. Like the fact you guys came into a compromise.
    I personally like a fake tree! I grew up with a real one but it's a pain in the butt. He likes it though. And guess who does the cleaning? Not him lol!!


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