Christmas

2018 Christmas Tree Hunt

I’ve always been lucky enough to have a live tree at Christmas. As a child, we would go to a u-cut farm, pick out our tree, and take it home to decorate. As an adult, I was excited to do the same in this apartment.

The day I was going to get mine from the u-cut farm I remembered that if you have a permit, you can go out to National Forest Lands to get a tree. After some furious researching, I found out where we could get it and where we could go! (We ended up going to Baker-Snoqualmie near Enumclaw, Washington.) They sell a limited number of permits each year, so we were lucky there were permits left. (I’m betting they’re just about out if they aren’t already as I write this two days later.)

Because I still wanted to get a hike in, we went to Greenwater Lake, a short and easy hike recommended by the ranger. Then we took our permit and our map and ended up in a place where we could find a tree! I was determined to get one where it was snowy, so we drove until we found it. We were blessed with a beautiful day.

We could have easily gotten a tree at a lower elevation where the terrain was easier and there wasn’t snow to deal with, but we made an adventure out of it!

I’m so glad I remembered this was possible. It’s going to be my new tradition. I’d highly recommend doing it yourself. I know I’ll be sure to get a permit again next year!

Christmas Ideas for the Hiker in Your Life

I've started Christmas shopping and am about halfway done with my list. Planned gift giving isn't my love language, it stresses me out, but if you're looking for a few gift ideas to get the hiker in your life, check out the items below! I have or want most of them!

Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine Happy New Years Eve! While shopping for a Christmas sweater at Talbots, I came across this skirt. I tried it on and loved it. And best of all, it has pockets! Pockets in a skirt make it so much better.

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

 

What's something you'll be wearing for the holidays?

Our Christmas Tree

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree 2015A few years ago we stopped putting up the homemade Christmas ornaments that us kids have made over the years, and bought matching ornaments from Pottery Barn.

We bought three sets of silver and gold large ornaments that look like mercury glass, and one set each of silver and gold smaller ornaments that also look like mercury glass. They're all currently sold out at Pottery Barn.

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree 2015

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree 2015

I love the look of the new ornaments. We also have some vintage mercury glass ornaments that we use but we don't have enough to fill up the tree so it's great to supplement them with the new ones.

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree 2015

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree 2015

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree 2015

How do you like to decorate your tree?

Holiday Neutrals

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Neutrals Here's one of my favorite dresses re-styled for a holiday party. I love wearing this dress. It's pretty versatile. You can dress it up like this, or for work with a blazer and lower heels, or down with a sweater and flats.

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Neutrals

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Neutrals

Do you prefer to wear neutrals or colors for the holidays?

Christmas Classics

Here's another outfit for the holidays. I am loving this skirt and sweater. I probably should have restrained myself from buying them, but they're so pretty! It's perfect for some of the Christmas parties this season! There are a few rows of beading along the neckline, which pair well with pearls. I wore my favorite pearl earrings from National Geographic. Next time I think I'll add a pearl bracelet to the outfit.

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Classics

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Classics

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Classics

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Classics

Are you excited to dress up for the holidays?

On the Christmas Tree Hunt

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree Hunt This weekend we went out to get a Christmas tree. It's a tradition for us to go to a tree farm, pick one out, and cut it down. Only once in my memory have we bought one from a lot; and that was because we were on vacation before Christmas and didn't want to get one before we left, which meant we bought it on December 22nd or so.

As you'd expect, this year it was raining, but the bright side of the rain meant that we were the only ones at the tree farm. I know that I mock people who use umbrellas, but I went without it for the first few minutes of picking a tree before I gave in and got it out of our car. It did make standing out in the rain slightly more pleasant.

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree Hunt

I'm excited to decorate our tree; are you getting a Christmas tree this year? Or if not, do you have any holiday traditions?

Stuffed Cabbage

My friend's mother is from Germany, but has lived in the US for 20+ years, and I asked her what she had done for Christmas. She told me and said that she had made stuffed cabbage, a traditional Romanian/German Christmas dish. I asked if she had any leftovers and she promptly heated some up for me on a plate. It was pretty good.

It was sauerkraut (I spelled that right the first time), hamburger meat, rice, paprika, French garlic, and some other ingredients that I'm forgetting. Here's a picture of a similar dish (though not exactly what I had and mine didn't quite look like this because I ate a few-day-old leftovers.)

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She explained that it was hard to get the cabbage on the head in the US so the dish wasn't exactly like it was in Germany, but that it was similar and pretty close. I'd never even had sauerkraut so I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was good. I'm glad I tried it.

Have you tried any new foods yesterday?

Christmas Dinner

By taking inspiration from around the internet, and with permission from my mother, I decorated our dining room as I wanted. Here are the finished results. I cut cedar from a tree in our backyard, allowed it to dry a little (it had just rained) and then cut and placed it around the cabinets, chandelier, and table.

Northwest Pearls: Cedar and Display Cabinet

Northwest Pearls: Cedar and Cabinet

Northwest Pearls: Cedar and Chandelier

Northwest Pearls: Cedar and Chandelier

My dad cut cedar charger plates. I wanted them to be about 13' in diameter, but we couldn't find that so they're a bit wider than the standard charger plate. He washed them and we set them in the garage with a fan on them for about 48-72 hours so they could dry before Christmas dinner. It would have been less stressful for us to do this farther in advance, but now we know!

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Place Setting

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tablescape

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tablescape

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tablescape

I'm incredibly happy with how it all turned out. It was beautiful.

Did you have a Christmas dinner? If so, what did you do?