christmas is in full swing, people. and so are finals... yeesh. before i slink away to study and cry into my tea, i thought i'd share some shots from christmas so far.
first, joe and i got our very first real christmas tree together :)
his name is murray, as in murray christmas and he is 5 ft of pure christmas magic. he is a noble fir and he smells wonderful and he likes to be told he's pretty, which i do daily. joe and i both brought some of our christmas ornaments from home to decorate the tree with and my mom gave me some old red wooden-berry garland to do with as i please. decorating a tree with joe was just the best experience. picking it out from the tree lot (i've never been to one before. holy cow those places are magical!) and carrying it through our maze of an apartment complex, and placing it in the tree stand in the window for the whole city to see. murray, you're pretty darn adorable.
trader joe's wreaths are the best around. don't buy one from vons for $24, $10 at trader joe's is where it's at. i got this little guy for $5 for the front door. my neighbor has a fake one. *pfft*. i'm winning at the wreath game here.
i brought my fiddling nutcracker from home and i bought this cute reindeer from world market on a whim. i also decided to tie red bows on all the candles because christmas.
i also needed some christmas in my bedroom, duh! a small strand of 50 yellow lights did the trick.
my snowflake game is strong this year. if you're looking to spruce up your life with some simple snowflakes, pinterest has an endless amount of snowflake patterns. this year i found frozen patterns. there's an anna pattern, an elsa pattern, an arendelle pattern, etc. i also found this snowflake garland (also at world market) to put above the fireplace. i don't have a mantle above my fireplace so i decided that putting this garland above the fireplace would aid in giving an illusion of a mantle place. i also ordered a matching tree topper for murray.
oh yes, these are very important and completely necessary. joe's mom makes them every year and they are the most delightfully scrumptious and easy christmas treat to make. here's the recipe!
1 bag of square pretzels (i chose snyder's)
1 bag of hershey's kisses
1 bag of rolos
1 bag of christmas m&m's
preheat oven to 275, place your choice of kisses or rolos onto the pretzels on a cookie sheet and bake for 3 minutes, just enough to warm up the chocolate. then, remove from the oven and quickly press an m&m down through the top of each chocolate candy. chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to harden the chocolate again, then you're ready to enjoy! i like to store them in a tupperware container in the fridge just to make sure the chocolate doesn't melt and make a mess.
easiest thing i've ever made. joe likes the kisses and i like the rolos. i color-coded them to make them easier to spot. green for rolos and red for kisses. christmas!
i hope your christmas season is coming along nicely. i will return to this space after my finals and juries are over, cuz yeesh, that stuff is the worst.