The holidays are here. We had a hectic and fun Thanksgiving weekend including lots of family time.  We started our first official holiday tradition as a couple. Chris and I both love Christmas and have been splitting time between each of our families for the last few years. But this year, because we live on Long Island now and actually have enough space for a tree, we hosted our first-ever tree-trimming. Both of our families joined us for snacks and pizza and helped us get our apartment in the holiday spirit. Fake tree all the way- I’ve never been a real tree person. Our tree and most of our ornaments are hand me downs from Chris’ grandparents. Our moms are also going to give us our childhood ornaments, but not until next year… for our first tree as a married couple!

We are lucky to have close knit families that enjoy spending time together. We realized everyone’s getting comfortable with each other through the easy laughter, candid conversation, and when Ryan stretched out and took a nap on our couch.

We are going to make it an annual thing.  What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Here are a few pics from that day (including before and after of our tree):