Christmas in Apt 414

So maybe I'm an asshole for skipping Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas decor, but just hear me out for a second. My semester ends on December 10th. This is the first year in a while that I'll be heading home right after exams, so my apartment will be pretty vacant for a month. By the time I return, it will be 2015 and the Christmas tree will have to be taken down. I love the decorations that my family puts up for Christmas, but it's also nice to have my own, and I want to enjoy them for more than 10 days (like waiting until after Thanksgiving would have forced me to do). So, don't hate on the fast forwarding of Holidays.. I'll still be eating turkey and being thankful like the rest of the world. 

This is the first year I've had my own Christmas tree. When I was a Sophomore I had a little purple one, but that doesn't really count in my book. This is is a 6.5 foot pre lit beauty that doesn't require the upkeep of a real Christmas tree. J and I went to Target and Michael's for ornaments, and we decided to add our own little homemade touch. I got in touch with my inner 6 year old and made felt and popsicle stick figures to go on the tree, plus some paper garland that only made it around the front half of the tree. It's a bit of a mess, but it's got character. I'm just ready to have some presents to wrap underneath the tree.

If you haven't already made a venture down to Target, you really need too. I swiped some sweet wrapping paper to go along with my gold and red theme. My Christmas cards fit right in with that theme as well, considering there is now an abundance of gold glitter all over my desk. Handwritten cards are really my favorite, so I'm excited about sending out the cards after Thanksgiving. Are there Christmas stamps somewhere out there?

I tried to stay finance savvy while I was buying decorations, so I got a little creative with my coffee table centerpiece. I already had some small candles from Walmart, and the candle plate that everything is sitting on. Michael's had these little glass milk containers, so I threw some floral shit in there and called it a day. J is obsessed with chocolate truffles so those are sprinkled on the plate. Between the both of us, and the usual Thursday night get together I have, they don't stay on the plate very long.

Decorating for Christmas is really easier than it seems, and doesn't require an entire paycheck if you don't want it too. Get crafty and check out Pinterest for ideas before you head to the store, and you should be good to go. My apartment is the coziest it has ever been and I love love love it. The 1.5 months that I have to spread Christmas cheer really isn't enough, so I'm trying to make the most of it. Complete with decorated Christmas cookies on a Christmas tree plate. Cheers!