My Botanical Christmas

I have Christmas fever. There… I said it!

I started looking for a Christmas tree in July (true story!) and have been scouring the internet and stalking the Christmas aisles at department stores (we do a fake tree instead of a real one, it is what we both grew up with (oops, apparently I stand corrected, hubby grew up with a real tree – what would a German Christmas be without a real tree?) and we believe it to be more environmentally friendly – I know this is debatable, but we’re hoping to keep this tree for many, many, many years). This is our first Christmas as husband and wife and besides wanting to ‘invest’ in a massive tree we can one day hand down to our large brood of children, we’re also deciding which traditions to carry over (from each of our families) and which traditions we’ll adopt, as something new.

My family always do a pre-Christmas dinner (Christmas eve dinner), and this year I have offered to host it (I am beyond excited!). It is usually just my parents, my sister and our significant others, and any other friends and family who are lonely at this time of year. I have decided to go with a botanical theme, incorporating reds, greens, sparkle and tartan this year (some say ‘too much!’, I say ‘just right!’). You can take a browse through my Pinterest board here.

Oh and we’re thinking of incorporating this Thanksgiving tradition into our Christmas eve dinner celebration.

What are some of the traditions that are special to you and your family?

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Beautifully styled tablescape, the food doesn’t look too bad either (image by Elizabeth Messina)

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Tree that dreams are made of!

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Anyone feeling broody?

Lately I have been daydreaming of what it would be like to start/have our own little family (maybe because we have been married for exactly 9 months – just enough time to have ‘made’ a baby) or maybe it is because so much value is placed on families, friends and togetherness during the festive season. And of course… stumbling across a list of the top 100 baby names for 2012 doesn’t help the situation. My favourites are Olivia, Madelyn, Harper, Sophie, Evelyn, Lucy, Anabelle (or the more Southern version, Annabeth) and Isla… and for boys, Jacob, Michael, Owen, Daniel, Oliver, Henry, Eli, Samuel, Grayson – I’m also warming up to Bentley and Lincoln as boy’s names… very non-traditional, but with the right amount of rockstar… yes… no?