I live in a very small town in Virginia. I told my husband one day about as a child my dad used to take us after dark to a lot with strung lights to buy a tree. Usually there was snow because we lived in Michigan and there was always a barrel of wood burning to warm yourself. I love the smell of the trees the crisp cold weather and the lights strung. We would run around coaxing my dad to look at this one and that one.
My husband said lets go and get a tree tonight and we went out after dark. The first place we went to was actually closed. I convinced him to go on and try and find another location that was selling trees. We found a cute vegetable stand that had trees out front. They had the lights strung up and it was very cold outside.
We picked out a really nice tree. Wow this really brought back some memories and I actually really enjoyed this. I am usually kind of a scrooge during this season but I am embracing it this year for some reason. I want joy to come on my own terms and not feel forced.
After we picked out our tree and took lots of pictures of all of the beautiful plants inside, my husband suggested going up to the main street in Old Town and doing some window shopping. It was a Monday so all of the stores were closed. I mentioned to my husband when we got on the main street, everything is closed why would we want to even get out. I like shopping when I can buy things.
This is a newer shop but I love her stuff and it reminds me of my shop that I had for years.
Everything in this window sparkled, it was really pretty. I was really happy that we did this it brought back memories of doing this as a family when I was just a little girl. Everyone did elaborate window displays during the holidays. Lots of moving toys, really beautiful gifts and lights. Then we ended the evening with a cup of hot chocolate in a deli on main street. They had an oven with wood burning and other than a few yuppies I really enjoyed the time with Alison sipping our hot chocolate.
When we got home I told my husband that I had a really good time and that the evening was really special to me. He had brought back some of the Christmas cheer that I knew so long ago.