I knocked off the first item on my Christmas Bucket List: we decorated for Christmas this weekend! And now I get to share a holiday home tour!
Bobby convinced me to get a real tree this year. This is the first time we’ve been allowed to have a real tree in an apartment, so I caved. There was a small tree stand in the shopping center near our apartment. We realized as we were pulling up that it was DEAD. There were about 7-8 staffers waiting around for customers, but as soon as we walked in they were very friendly and helpful. As we looked at the trees we noticed they were really pricey. We thought about leaving, but decided to just grab a tree and get it over with. As we went to check out, the man at the registered asked if we’d like to donate to TROSA.
TROSA is a substance abuse recovery program located in Durham and the tree stand was being managed by men and women in the program. The whole tree program was part of TROSA’s rehabilitation — the men and women of TROSA go out and cut the trees down, set up the tree stand, manage the inventory, sell trees, and provide customer service. Once we realized their involvement, we were happy to donate.
I spent most of Saturday and Sunday cleaning and decorating the apartment. We’ve been out of town the past few weekends, so I haven’t had much time to tidy up. It was a complete overhaul of the bathrooms, bedroom and living room…and probably 10 loads of laundry. Much needed!
Here are some of my favorite ornaments!
Now that decorating is complete, time for gingerbread house making and cookie baking! Hope you’ve enjoyed the holiday home tour!