Growing up decorating the Christmas tree was always one of my favorite parts of the year. My parents made a tradition of giving my brother and I each a special ornament as a gift each year to represent our hobbies or interests. When I was a Lion King obsessed five year old I received a Simba ornament, when I was at the height of my Harry Potter obsession I received a Harry character ornament, in high school one of my ornaments was a cheerleader and in college I received a Tri Delta piece. Our collection of special monumental ornaments made decorating the tree that much more fun, hanging ornaments was sort of like a time capsule!
This year I decided to get a tree for my apartment for the first time. I’ve lived in apartments in the past but never bought a tree because my space was either too small or I spent too little time in the common areas (roommates). Being the introvert I am I never wanted to spend too much time in the living room if it meant my random roommate could be tromping in at any time, now that I have my own apartment I’ve started using the living room and realized it’s great to embrace more than just my bedroom. Who would have thought?!
Now that I’m a grown up I wanted my own tree. Jordan didn’t celebrate Christmas growing up so this year’s tree was a first for both of us. We didn’t have any special ornaments like the ones I had growing up but I figured it was never too early to start. I picked up a few cute woodland creatures from World Market and a bunch of golden bulbs. It certainly isn’t much compared to the giant 12 foot trees I had living with my parents but it adds a touch of holiday sparkle to the apartment nonetheless. Christmas trees make every space feel warm and cozy!
Decorating the Christmas tree forced me to think about holiday traditions beyond sentimental tree ornaments. The traditions my family formed when I was young have since evolved as my brother and I grew older. This year is my brother’s first year of college and I can’t help but feel my first year feeling really grown up at Christmas. I used to think feeling all grown up during the holiday season took away the magic (cue Cindy Lou Who singing “Where are you Christmas”) but instead I’m excited to form my own traditions and forms of celebrating. I don’t want to go too over the top (out of fear of freaking out my non-Christmas celebrating boyfriend) but I do want to celebrate in my own way. If you have any original or unique holiday traditions I would love to hear about them. How do you incorporate festivity into the season?
Staying cozy all season long is a definite must. November really started to get cold in Seattle and December will only be colder and darker (thank goodness for Christmas lights to make everything seem cozier). A plaid shirt dress is a super cozy option for lounging around the house baking Christmas cookies, decorating the tree or snuggling up to watch a Christmas movie. With a belt, a few accessories and a pair of heeled boots you can easily dress up the look for dinner with friends, holiday shopping, a Christmas party or walking around looking at lights. The Voyage shirt dress is cozy as can be. I’ve been wearing it super casually with tights and camp socks to stay warm and toasty in this frigid weather. Gentle Fawn is a go-to for high quality plaid flannel for cold winter days (I also love this Wrangler plaid top). Plaid is just as much of a winter tradition as Christmas trees and holiday lights. I’ll take a cozy flannel and a cup of hot chocolate all season long!
***Disclaimer: I received the Voyage Plaid Shirt Dress as a gift from Gentle Fawn in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Thank you for reading!