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Dates on the Cheap: Get FESTIVE

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. One of the many things that I love about this time of year is how lively a city can look decorated for the holidays. Syracuse sure does clean up nice with all the lights.
Ian and I were due for a mini-date and we like usual were a bit strapped for cash. We planned to be “out” during an afternoon and pretty much winged the whole date. Luckily we had a blast and I think you may too.

Find out where/when your city or town will have a decorated Christmas tree. Bundle up if you are in a chilly place [like Syracuse!] and pack a camera if you want. Syracuse is great because they also BLAST epic Christmas music right in Clinton Square – where the tree is set up. We could have also gone ice skating but we were being a bit lazy.

Stroll around linking arms. Talk about your Christmas plans. The key to this date is to talk & see. If you get cold have your significant give you a hug. Caution: I wouldn’t suggest this for a first day. Just sayin’! Now, I suggest after you freeze your butts off to make a trip to your local cafe and order a hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Since I was in need of a little caffeine boost before we saw the tree we went to the Downtown Cafe Kubal location and ordered the most amazing mocha and pumpkin spiced latte. Check out my Instagram feed for the fancy picture of our lattes. 

Alyssa from All Things Beautiful has some great cheap date ideas as well! [Today she’s talking all about exploring the historic district of your city – I love this!]

P.S. This is my last post using wordpress.com! It’s a little sad, but I’m onto bigger and better things. Stay tuned for the big reveal on Monday!


Putting the things away.

It’s always hard saying goodbye to the holiday decorations scattered throughout the house. When I was a kid I wished we could keep up our Christmas lights and tree all winter. There’s something beautiful about Christmas lights and snow.

This week we packed up all of our Christmas decor. This year I put everything into 1 box vs. scattered throughout other boxes. We compromised and left the lights on our banister since you can see better at night. It also adds a nice glow in the hallway. I was totally at peace with packing everything away this year – why? I started decorating the first week of November. You may think that’s crazy, but let me explain first…I’m not neurotic. We hosted a joint Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration with all of our family on Thanksgiving. We wanted the house to feel festive. However, 2+ months of Christmas decor is enough for me!

How long do you normally keep your tree and decorations up?