Every Christmas season, there’s a night I look forward to more than most… the tree decorating party at the bar! This past Monday was the 2013 edition of the fun night. The concept is easy… go buy airplane bottles of your favorite liquor, drink it, and then decorate the bottle. Ta da!… a Christmas ornament!
You can keep it simple:
You can get complex:
Beer cans work great as well:
And we’ve found that Patron bottles are particularly fun:
Red Bull gives you wings, so how about an angel?
It doesn’t even have to be an ornament… make just some great decorations:
Needless to say, its a super fun night, and it amazing to see how creative your friends are when given liquor and a glue gun. So maybe someday when you want to put a twist on your Christmas party, turn it into a decorating party, and let the fun — and drinking — begin!
Its one month until Christmas, and I have been trying REALLY HARD to fight falling into it before Thanksgiving. I hate how Christmas has so diminished Thanksgiving… especially with Black Friday commercialism. (But that’s another post later this week.) However, its being made extra hard to keep Thanksgiving first when its as late as it is this year…
My family celebrated “turkey day” yesterday, and it was amazing. An extra bonus to be thankful for this year was the fact that my husband got to join us… much to the surprise of everyone. The original plan had been to celebrate Thanksgiving with my brother’s family, then my parents and I would make our way to Nashville to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband on Thursday. However, due to how my husband’s show’s landed and other details not worth going into here, he instead joined us in Texas to celebrate with my brother’s family…
My WHOLE family together. I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I was on Sunday to look around and see the faces of all these people I love so much… these people I hold so dear. THANKSGIVING it was!!!
So now… I don’t feel quite so guilty starting to turn my focus to Christmas. My husband I took our pictures for our Christmas cards tonight. (The photo in this post is one that didn’t make the cut… ) I got those ordered along with my Christmas stamps. My nephew gave me his Christmas list, and my niece gave me some ideas. I’ll be ready to go Christmas shopping soon. Oh and I already know what I am doing (and have half the stuff purchased) for co-worker gifts.
I suppose… I suppose I am more ready for Christmas than I thought! Maybe we’ll decorate my house later this week, and I must get a trip to Opryland Hotel in soon to take in the lights. Last year, I only went for a photoshoot. This year, I want to go strictly to enjoy myself.
The countdown has begun… One month to Christmas. Let the cheer begin!
I debated doing this as a Weekly Winners post (posted on a Friday versus Sunday), but since it’ll be easiest to wrap-up my last week in photos… I’m going with it.
Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.
Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!
Photos taken using my Droid Razr, Nikon Coolpix L20 or Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.
Winter arrived finally, the same day we arrived in Texas for Christmas. It warmed up briefly, then another front brought another cold blast. Frost on the windshield was just a small piece of evidence of the cold.
My high school played in the state championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX. I couldn’t believe I got to go!! And on top of it all… WE WON!!! First state championship win since 1981. GO BIG YOE!!
Yoe Pride Never Dies!
I love Nashville so much, but when you are born and raised in Texas… it holds your heart for life.
I got to visit Texas A&M campus this trip… I love getting to “touch base” any time I can. Ironically, this was the first time I ever noticed the statue of Pinky Wilson, who wrote the Aggie War Hymn.
Close-up of a portion of a bonfire statue/display.
Welcome to Aggieland… Home of the 12th Man.
Christmas tree at Mom and Dad’s… ready for the family to gather and enjoy the holiday!
My nephew played his saxophone for us before we opened Christmas gifts. He did a great job, and it made me remember when I was the one playing for MY grandparents… and it almost made me want to get my flute fixed and pick it up again. (Almost)
Grandma’s nativity (with one addition)… Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, and I never want to to lose sight of that.
Christmas may be technically over as Dec. 25th drew to an end, but holiday treats don’t have to stop!
Something a little different for #DrinkUpLinkUp! I made my own Candy Cane Vodka. Oh okay, I didn’t MAKE the vodka, I infused it with candy canes. It just sounds more daring to say I made it and leave it at that.
I wanted to surprise my co-workers with something special… something handmade. I noticed infusing your own vodka on Pinterest, and I figured it was perfect for my fellow Saturday-night bartenders. So I set out to make it happen.
I used this site to help me out. (Betty Crocker site… who knew Betty was a drinker!? hehe)
Candy canes purchased. Handle of vodka purchased. Glass jars had been collected over time. Here we go…
I was pretty surprised the candy canes all dissolved within a couple hours, but I let it sit over a week nonetheless. Then the fun of filtering using a coffee filter. THAT was the most difficult part, simply due to how slow it went. But it made a HUGE difference. The vodka went from cloudy to a clear pink. So pretty!
My addiction to Parrot Bay rum this last summer netted me two pretty bottles to put the vodka in. I painted the tops and made a label.
For anyone curious… its yummy! Definitely drink it chilled – which I don’t know anyone who drinks vodka any other way. But warm its a little like, well, Scope. lol But chilled, it just tastes like liquid candy canes. SO YUM. I’m going to try Skittles next time I infuse vodka… mmm…
A few years ago, we started taking a “family photo” at the bar Christmas party. Over the years, its had to become two photos that I later Photoshop together. This year, I even had to Photoshop myself into it.
Ahhh…. good times and precious memories with a great group of friends.
The last several years, my husband and I have not put up a Christmas tree. In fact, in our almost six years of marriage, we’ve only had a tree once, and that was just because we were having a small housewarming/Christmas party.
We’ve always traveled for Christmas, and we are on the run so much during the week, that we just figure it isn’t worth putting it up. We won’t be around to enjoy it anyway.
So, since we don’t put one up ourselves, we enjoy decorating the tree at the bar where I work. And the family tree wherever we go is our tree as well.
But I’ll be honest. I miss having a tree of our own. I have a box full of beautiful ornaments, collected through my life, just sitting in the basement. It remains boxed up year after year. Last year, we had a little basement flooding, and I did lose a few ornaments when the box they were stored in got wet. So I did at least get to go through them last year, reminiscing over when I got each one.
I look forward to the day we put a tree up again. I don’t let it get me down that we don’t put up a tree. It doesn’t upset me, as I know logically it just makes sense to skip it. (Plus our house is small and I’m not sure where I’d put it anyway!) But, it IS a special piece of Christmas decor that I can’t wait to do again.