The Merry Month of December

Happy December 1st... aka my hubby's birthday!!!  The celebrations continue around here today, but this time we're switching gears from "holiday mode" to "birthday mode".  December is an extremely festive and busy month in our household.  Not only do we kick off the month with my hubby's birthday, but it is also the month that my oldest turns ten!  It truly is a MERRY and MEMORABLE month in our home.

In addition to the birthdays, we are also gearing up to host our annual overnight family Christmas celebration.  I started doing a little decorating before Thanksgiving, but now we are in full decorating mode around here.  I hope to be done this week.

Here's a glimpse of the holiday decor sprinkled around the house...

And a peek at our massive {8 foot, 3 inches} fresh tree which will soon be adorned...

Here it is outside on the courtyard.  My hubby sawed off some branches since it is quite full.

Post-Christmas every year, we consider buying a pre-lit artificial tree.  Less mess, more convenient.  Maybe one day we will get a fake tree, but for now, we really don't mind giving our kids the old-fashioned experience of getting a fresh tree.  The "mess and inconvenience" is temporary for a day.  The natural tree look and fresh pine scent are irreplaceable too. :)  If you're worried about fire safety, just take extra caution to properly place the tree in a safe place and give it water as needed - as you would any plant!

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