Happy Monday and happy December!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with you family!
I enjoyed a long weekend and some good food with good company on Thursday. My office closed early on Wednesday, even though I worked from home in order to accommodate an appointment at the dealership to get my tire replaced…since I picked up a screw close to the sidewall earlier in the week (flashback?) and Brad was permitted to leave early as well so we headed down to my in-laws to help prepare food. I made this pumpkin “swirl” cheesecake, it was delicious but the swirls didn’t quite work out and it was more cream/mousse pie than cheesecake. Tasty regardless! The nerve-wracking part was that I didn’t taste my dessert before bringing it to Thanksgiving… I’m very happy that it turned out so well on the first attempt but plan on subjecting all contributed new recipes to quality control processes.
A good tip for holiday desserts (whether they’re low-carb like this one or not) is to cut them in very small pieces.
As has become a tradition, the Christmas trees and decorations began to be put up on Friday. I just couldn’t rush Christmas before Thanksgiving. A big thanks to ABC Family for the Harry Potter movie marathon while decorating!
Over the summer, we got a bunch of boxes out of storage from Brad’s parents’ house and I found a box that had some decorations that I had forgotten about so I feel like I have a ton of new decorations…. even though they aren’t. K-Couple Christmas 2013 features 3 Christmas trees, a hand-made wreath, a fully decorated mantle and a whole lot of lights.
Here’s a fun fact: We don’t hang our stockings on the mantle. Last year was the first Christmas in our house and I was excited to have a mantle. When I hung the stockings on it last year…. it just didn’t look right. The mantle is quite wide for two little stockings and the dangling socks were far too tempting for kitten paws so I actually hung the stockings from the dining room window… which is where they ended up again this year.
Normally by December 1st, we’re a bit farther along on Christmas shopping, but I think we’ll get it done in plenty of time.
When do you decorate and shop for the holidays?
We decorated on Saturday. We have a tradition that we put up our Christmas tree as a family (me, my wife, and two kids) and then watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Then….and ONLY then is it officially the Christmas season. I’m a big tradition guy, and we had a great family night kicking off the season!