What feels like a lifetime ago, one the first “dates” Cory and I had was to the Christmas parade in our town. My dad’s grocery store was downtown where the parade took place and we were both working that night. After we got off, we headed across the street to watch the parade. Even though we had just started “hanging out” as friends, it was one of the first times we had hung out outside of work. You can read more of our love story here.
I know that Christmas has come and gone but we are still very much rocking our Christmas home and will be until after the New Year. Heck, we just finished our last Christmas celebration last night. Plus, I’ve been working on this post for like a solid week and just haven’t been able to get it together. So, I’m sharing my new and improved (not really! but maybe a little) buffalo plaid Christmas home with you guys!
If you’ve followed my blog for the past couple years, you probably already know how much I love Christmas and decorating my home for the holidays. There is just something so peaceful to me about having my home decked out with Christmas lights and all things festive. Throughout the years, my home has changed drastically (you can see what it’s looked like over the years here) and by last year, I was pretty tired of the decorations I had been using for the past 7 years or so.
Something that I’ve never shared here on the blog before is my outdoor Christmas home. I’m really not sure why I’ve never gotten around to it but every year, Cory and I semi-Griswold the outside of our home. As much as I love having the inside of my home decorated for Christmas, I really, really love having lights up on the outside. Maybe it’s because as a kid, we lived on a farm with no neighbors so my parents never decorated the outside of our house, or maybe it’s because seeing a house lit up really does remind me of the magic of Christmas.
Just like last year, our favorite photographer Chase Todd from Chase Todd Photography hosted Santa pictures in his studio. Since our chubby little 5-month old was so fascinated by ‘ole St. Nick last year, I couldn’t wait to let Baker meet Santa again. Last year went sooo well and she’s really not a shy kid so I went in (alone, I might add–bad idea from the start!) with high expectations.