Christmas Tree is Up!

Before: Boring

Before: Boring

Tonight, after an afternoon wandering through the beautiful Macy’s Christmas displays, Brady and I returned home to try our own hand at decorating the  tree. Our very own and very first Christmas tree together.  Brady opened a bottle of Gruet–a wedding gift we’d been saving for a special occasion–and I began unwrapping our new collection of  ornaments; silvery white reindeer, pine cones frosted in reds and greens  and petite bulbs to fill in the holes.  My favorite ornament, however, was a frosted pine cone on one side with two red cardinals on the other. I saw it on the  downtown Macy’s Christmas tree this afternoon and thought that, with this being our very first Christmas, it would be a sweet tradition to begin choosing a special ornament every year to adorn the tree.  Thus, the tree is decorated, December is here, and I’m ready for Christmas baking, shopping, and a cold glass of  eggnog.

After: Beautiful!

After: Beautiful!

It’s been the ideal end to a much needed weekend of running errands, seeing good friends, and sleeping in. And after more than a month of being married, it’s beginning to hit me how funny marriage is. That, as a ‘spouse,’ you inevitably  end up doing everything together. From brushing your teeth to cleaning the bathroom from getting dolled up for a night out. For instance, Brady took me out for a real date on Friday night, our first since the honeymoon, and of course, I tried to look  decent.  When dinner turned into drinks turned into a cab ride downtown with Brady and the boys (Joe, Derrick, Colin, Jimmy), I thought ‘why not,’ and simply enjoyed myself.  And it did turn into a sincerely fun night.  Brady introduced me to the security guards  (“What! You have a wife?!”), and we even went dancing. My favorite part of the night, however, was the cab ride home compliments of our Somalian taxi driver who declared “I love the marriage! I love the marriage!” when he learned we were, indeed, married.

I am a control freak, and stress about everything from finding the right job to  the state of Audrey’s emotional well-being to wondering whether I’m reading enough, etc! But, I want to truly savor this Christmas season with my new little family in my new little apartment, remembering that what really counts is Isaiah 9:6.  However, Audrey still wants a kitten for Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you!



2 thoughts on “Christmas Tree is Up!

  1. Audrey wants a kitten for Christmas? hehe.
    Aww, I hope your first Christmas together as husband and wife is just magical, Em. May you both hold on to what it’s all about, and live the truth of it out to one another every day.
    Love you!

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