After all the fun and feasting of Thanksgiving on Thursday, it’s tradition for us to put up the Christmas tree the next day. Growing up, my family was never big into the Black Friday shopping, so we would spend the day inside making our home festive and cheery in preparation for Christmas. I’ve carried on this tradition with my little family, and this year has been especially magical since Peanut is old enough to appreciate traditions, understand the real Christmas story, and believe in Santa (although I’m pretty sure he’s already a bit skeptical about the whole situation). 
Since we are down in Arizona with my in-laws this year, we put up the tree a few days early this year, but it was just as fun and magical. My very favorite part every year is pulling out all of our ornaments. When we travel, we have tried to pick up an ornament that represents our trip, and my parents have done the same, so our tree is full of memories and ornaments that represent special moments (in addition to some regular old Christmas balls!). 
This year, Lisa Leonard sent us some beautiful monogram ornaments for our boys that have added a special something to our tree. I let Peanut put them on on the tree after the rest of the ornaments were on, and he picked a perfect place for them at the bottom of the tree, right next to each other. I’m excited to pass these, and other ornaments we gather over the years, along to my boys when they are grown and have families and Christmas trees of their own. 
Lisa Leonard is offering 15% off everything in her shop through December 5th with code hollyjolly, so snag yourself some pretty ornaments for your babies, yourself, or whoever really! 

^^ some of my favorite ornaments from my childhood and some of our travel! ^^


  1. Kate Craig says:

    oh my goodness these pictures of Buck!!

  2. That picture of both of the boys is way too cute.
    Love these, Merrick!


  3. Look at those cute jammies on those handsome boys! I love traditions 🙂

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  4. Jaya S says:

    What cute names your kiddos have!!!!! Almost as adorable as their nicknames 🙂

  5. Branka says:

    Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing:)

  6. Becca says:

    Love their pajamas! I'm looking for something like this for my little kiddos. May I ask where you got them?

  7. Britt Whit says:

    love this! Trimming the tree with my family is one tradition that never gets old! the boys are so cute!

    love from San Francisco,

  8. shout out to San Antonio!

  9. NoraKMM says:

    I love the Christmas ornaments with their names on it. Where did you get them?

  10. jay40 says:

    love your blog and your family is so beautiful!!

    Where is your rug from? =) looking for something like that for our nursery!

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