12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Real or Fake Tree?

I came across this wonderful 12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge over at Abbey’s blog threecatsandagirl.  It was originally introduced by abbeycoseattle when she presented it earlier this month. As soon as I saw this, I knew that it would be so much fun. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for to share some Christmas cheer on my blog. I’d like to say thanks to both of these wonderful ladies!



  • Link back to Abbey’s original post here so that way she can see who all is joining and she can follow along.
  • Link back to any one of my posts in the challenge so that way I can follow along too
  • Save the image and join in for the fun!

12 Days of Christmas

I’m starting a little late so I may not follow these days above in the exact order. Today I’ll start with:

2. Christmas Tree – Real or Fake?

I love this question because it’s been a little bit of a dilemma in recent years for my family. Growing up, my grandmother always bought a real tree and an artificial tree wasn’t introduced until I was nearly in high school. So now that I’m an adult, I’d like to get a real tree so that my kids can experience the fresh Christmas scent and tradition. The issue is that we burn wood in our home for heat and my husband informed me that it just wouldn’t be possible because the tree would be in the same room as the wood burning stove and would dry up in no time.

Now, being my normal stubborn self, this year I really wanted to give it a go. I put up our artificial tree which you can see below, but I bought a real wreath from Costco to hang in the entryway to my home just to see how it would do.


I’ve been spraying it daily to keep it moist and it’s already starting to turn brown in many spots just after two weeks. It doesn’t look bad in this top photo, but if you look closer…


You can see how it’s turning brown and crispy and this isn’t even close to the stove! So, I guess he was right. He explained again that the issue would be a half brown-half green Christmas tree which would be no fun because I like to leave our decorations up from Thanksgiving day until January 14th, Orthodox New Year.

So, for now, we will stick with our artificial tree which I still love so much!


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Throwback Thursday: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber – December 14th

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.


This week’s pick:

Starry Night

by Debbie Macomber



Blurb: ’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.

Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.

Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.

Filled with all the comforts and joys of Christmastime, Starry Night is a delightful novel of finding happiness in the most surprising places.

My Thoughts:

I have so many Debbie Macomber books added to my TBR, so when I saw this at my local library, I couldn’t resist. I fell in love with the cover and after reading the blurb, I knew it was one I had to try. I haven’t read anything by Debbie Macomber and after seeing that she’s one of my good friend Noriko’s favorite authors, I’m even more intrigued! You’ll have to read her wonderful review of this book on her blog.

So, I thought I’d start out with a few Christmas reads. Along with this one, I grabbed a few others by this author and will be starting them this week! I’m trying to get as many Christmas books in as possible and there simply isn’t enough time to read them all!

Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Printing edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528896

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