decking the halls is a serious business.


welcome to day 2 of #12daysofblogging! if you’re just joining us, you can find out more about the christmas linkup here. today’s prompt is “favorite ornament/decoration”. get inspired and spread the christmas spirit!

it’s almost impossible for me to not form some sort of sentimental attachment to my christmas decorations. i connect memories and emotions with physical objects (it’s amazing i’m not a hoarder), so while i wanted to write a moving, meaningful essay on my most beloved of all ornaments, i couldn’t pick just one. what you get instead is an annotated photo essay.

these ballerina slippers are my most treasured christmas ornament. it was my first, given to me by my darling godmother. growing up, no one else but me was allowed to hang them, unless they wanted an earful. and they must be hung so that the christmas tree lights shine on them for maximum effect.

our first creche is a hand me down. it was a gift given by my parents to our old babysitter, molly, as a souvenir from the holy land. when molly decided to enter the order of the nashville dominican sisters and became sister amelia, she gave it back to my parents. it was passed to Mister Man and i last year, and sits proudly on our table as a reminder of sister amelia, our faith, and the reason we celebrate christmas. notice the empty manger: the baby Jesus is hidden away and won’t make His appearance until december 25th.

fred the moose is a fixture on our wall year-round. but at christmastime he gets to participate in the christmas festivities. his antlers are the perfect spot for a couple of festive ornaments, and he wears them well.


and now i’m going to introduce you to someone who has more christmas spirit in her little finger than most of us do in our whole bodies. meet chelsea, one of my sponsors this month. she is a fellow midwesterner, a bride-to-be, and she’s counting down to christmas with her holiday challenge. i highly suggest you stop over to see her fabulous blog, you will be so happy you did!

I’m a “lifestyle blogger,” happily living in the middle of Iowa. it all began when I made a daring decision to move to new york city after my college graduation, ensuring I document a “major time in my life” and has grown into a space where I share DIY projects, cocktail recipes, daily happenings, and most recently the adventures of planning my destination wedding. 

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