Okay, so the one thing I love about the holiday season, besides family obviously, are the smells! And that might sound weird to some people, but there are just so many enticing ones! You have candy cane and peppermint, baked goodies like cookies and gingerbread houses, and eggnog, just to name a few. And while some of my closest friends adore the smell of peppermint and gingerbread, I have to say that my absolute favorite smell this time of year is Pine
Yes, like pine trees and mistletoe. There is just something so festive about that smell. Maybe because I never really smell it until it is the Christmas season, but I just love walking through Walmart or our grocery stores and smelling all the trees this time of the year.
Unfortunately, my mom and I have not had a real tree in a long while for Christmas, so I have been missing out on the smell of it at home. This year though, that was not about to happen. I was determined to get my own Christmas tree this year, and I did! The Monday after my first final (which was Spanish so I definitely needed some cheering up), I drove to my mom's and kidnapped all her Christmas decorations. (Kidding, she willingly gave them to me). That night, my roommate, Yaz, and I embarked on our Christmas tree adventure!
Following my dad's advice, we started at H.E.B. first since they were supposedly having the cheapest ones. Well, after looking at their very small selection, texting my dad, and being forgotten by one of the employees who was supposed to send someone out to help us, we decided to take our search elsewhere.
I drove us to our Home Depot where they had a mini forest of trees (a.k.a. some slice of paradise for me). At first, we grimaced at the prices but thankfully we found a little 5 foot tree for a cheap price. Deciding that this one was our tree, we did not waste time getting it cut, wrapped and paid for. Also, let me tell you, tying a tree to the roof of your car is a practiced skill set that I did not seem to have gained, luckily a nice gentleman helped us and I drove the less traveled roads to get home.
Once home, we stuck it in it's little holder, watered it and marveled at the fact that this was OUR tree. I had sorted through my mom's decorations when I had gotten home earlier so we just had to take out the lights, wrap them around the tree and hang decorations.
All in all, getting a tree and it being Yaz's first time picking out a tree, it already made this season memorable.
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."