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Let The Holidays Begin!

2011 December 3

If I wasn’t in the ‘holiday mood’ a week ago, I sure am now!

I think it was Stu’s aunt Cindy’s winter wonderland that really put me over the edge. Before we visited her, I was only feeling stressed about travel, buying presents, packing, birthday planning, and finding a boarding/pet sitting situation for Dewey (any takers?).

OR maybe it is our neighborhood that really got the wheels turning—it’s like a freaking Thomas Kinkade canvas around here! Historical homes, twinkle lights on every tree, main street bustling with shoppers…absolutely magical.

So now, one week later, I have a decorated tree, garland shimmering on my banister, and christmas baking under way. We literally walked across the street, bought our tree, and carried it home. Can’t get more convenient then that!

After seeing some amazingly decorated trees at a little shop in Eastern Nebraska (what?  That’s right folks, the Mid West has style too.), I decided to change up my tree top this year. I picked up some fun feathers and berry-like items at Hobby Lobby last week, just knowing they would be perfect. While it’s definitly different, I think it’s down-right fun and I love it.

It also helped that this weekend was a very festive time for Old Town Alexandria! For this Saturday was the famous and beloved Scottish Walk. Two blocks from our house, we set up camp with friends to watch everything from teams of bagpipers to packs of Scottish dogs—we were inundated with all things Scotland during this very entertaining parade.

Who knew babies liked parades so much? Ethan was engrossed. Since he loves both music and dogs, I should have guessed it would be a hit.

How many Scottish dogs can you name? We saw Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, Border Terriers, Golden Retrievers (no clue these were Scottish!), Paisley Terriers, Bearded Collies, Dandie Terriers, Skye Terriers, and Scottish Deerhounds. Most of the groups in the parade were rescues for the particular breed. So sweet!

The parade was part of the fundraisers for the Campagna Center—a fabulous non-profit organization that helps children and families in our community. In addition to the parade, there was a house tour (which we did not make due to nap time) and a nighttime boat ‘parade’ on the Potomac River featuring twinkle-light decorated boats (cute but very cold). 

Tomorrow I’m making mom’s ‘famous’ toffee, oreo truffles, and hopefully some cookies. And I need to decorate our front stoop too. We will see.

Holiday shopping is almost done!! Christmas cards will be mailed early next week, and Ethan’s birthday party plans are coming together. Whew!

Hope you are all in the holiday spirit too! If you aren’t, light a scented candle, buy a few poinsettias (only $3.99 at Target!), and pop in Christmas Vacation. Nothing like a little Chevy-Chase-battling-a-squirrel-infested-Christmas-tree action to get you in a festive mood!


3 Responses
  1. Sandy Schon permalink
    December 4, 2011

    So sorry we missed Alexandria at Christmas time, but we’ll try another year. The Scottish parade looked great and the Westies!! Have to make sure Cathy sees this blog. I know what you mean about busy!! Things are coming together for Ethan’s first Christmas and Birthday all in the same week.

    Your neighborhood sounds wonderful and I can almost picture it having seen it with fall decorations. Can’t believe you missed the house tour!! Take a breather, have an eggnog, and relax this evening. There’s always tomorrow.

  2. Patti Voboril permalink
    December 6, 2011

    Becky, your neighborhoods sounds wonderful!!! Would love to make it out there for Christmas time sometime. Your tree is beautiful and you inspired me for the topping. We have an “unlive” tree and the top is not strong enough to hold anything. So, I took (stole) your idea and went to Michaels and got a couple branches with Holly Berries and Pine Cones and put them at the top of the tree. I like the look!
    Can not wait to see you guys and your parents! Scottsbluff is going to be so much fun.
    See you soon.

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