Decorating for the Holidays and 24 Days of Togetherness

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Along with celebrating Thanksgiving, Jesse and I decorated the house for Christmas over the holiday weekend. We even got our first Christmas tree, which I was really excited about (and still am, actually). We strung up lights around the house, hung our stockings, decorated the tree, played Christmas music and drank wine. It was wonderful and cozy.

Picking out an Elf tree. It's our first tree, so we started small to see how the cats would handle it.

Picking out an Elf tree. It’s our first tree, so we started small to see how the cats would handle it.

I joked with Jesse that we should've tied the tree to the top of the car.

I joked with Jesse that we should have tied our 2-foot tree to the top of the car.

Buying more lights and drinking wine while decorating is a must.

Buying more lights…and wine. Drinking wine while decorating is a must.

We even hung lights around the molding of the kitchen cabinets this year.

We even hung lights around the molding of the kitchen cabinets this year.

Stockings are hung! You can see the reflection of the lights around the window in the glass too.

Stockings are hung! The lights around the window reflect in the glass of the hutch.

Tree is lit and decorated, but now we need a little tree skirt and topper of sorts.

Tree is lit and decorated, but now we need a little tree skirt and topper of sorts.

24 Days of Togetherness

We decided to do something new and sort of cheesy this year too: 24 Days of Togetherness. I discovered this idea from Tina of Carrots ‘N’ Cake and thought it seemed like a fun holiday idea. Like Tina and her husband did this year, Jesse and I decided to pick 12 days together and then pick 6 on our own, that would be a surprise for each other. We also tried to choose things that are doable on most days and inexpensive or free. I’ll do a full recap on this once it’s over, but if you want to partake (don’t worry if you don’t do the full 24 days — just do however many days are left leading up to Christmas) and need some ideas, here’s some of the things that we chose together:

  • Go out for breakfast or dinner
  • Watch Elf
  • Go for a walk and get a tea or coffee
  • Have a hot adult beverage (make it at home or go out)
  • Go see the Christmas tree at night in Pioneer Square
  • Make rum balls (a paleo version, of course)
  • Share 5 things we love about our relationship (funny things)
  • Go out for a cocktail
  • Workout together for a week (on a 3-day split…we’re very specific)
  • Pick out a new ornament
  • Buy each other a small gift

We decided we would take turns picking each day and pick first thing in the morning, so we can plan for it or do it that morning, if appropriate. So far, we’re having fun with it, even if it is a little cheesy. On Sunday, I chose the “go out for breakfast or dinner,” so we met up for breakfast after we both got done working that morning. Yesterday, Jesse chose one of that I made, “share your first memory of each other.” It’s fun to do something like this and focus on spending time together in other ways.

Each morning, we give this tin a shake, take off the lid and pull out a folded slip of paper to see what we're doing together that day.

Each morning, we give this tin a shake, take off the lid and pull out a folded slip of paper to see what we’re doing together that day.

We used scrap paper to write on, but if you want, you can use red and green construction paper.

We used scrap paper to write on, but if you want, you can use red and green construction paper.

This was my breakfast on Sunday, after choosing the slip of paper above. Veggie hash (carrots, shallot, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts) with poached eggs and bacon.

This was my breakfast on Sunday, after choosing the slip of paper above. Veggie hash (carrots, shallot, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts) with poached eggs and bacon.

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About paleoinpdx

Born and raised in Alpena, Michigan, I moved to Portland (PDX) in 2008 after graduating from Michigan State University. I reside with my husband, Jesse and our two cats, Mila and Dutch, in inner NE Portland. I am a yoga, fitness, health and nutrition enthusiast, and enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen.

8 responses to “Decorating for the Holidays and 24 Days of Togetherness”

  1. Ashley Sara says :

    Alisa,
    I absolutely LOVE this idea! It’s so creative, so special, and so inspiring. It warms my heart that you two have this unique way of sharing the season together.

    • paleoinpdx says :

      I know, isn’t it so great? I couldn’t resist taking part after I discovered it. Jesse seems to be enjoying it too and it’s fun to be cheesy together :)

  2. Naz (@CinnamonEats) says :

    Oh this is the cutest thing! :) love it!

  3. Paula says :

    I love your tree-we put up a little 3 footer every year. It sits on a plant stand in front of the window and it is sooo easy to take down after the holidays!! 24 days of togetherness–what a sweet idea and a great way to stay connected as the season gets hectic. It’s often the little things that can mean the most.

    • paleoinpdx says :

      Thanks, Paula! My dad suggested we raise our tree up after I sent a photo of it to him, but we don’t really have anything to prop it up. It doesn’t bother me though, especially because we don’t have a window available to display it in anyway. I agree with you about the 24 days of togetherness and that’s exactly why I wanted us to do it!

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