boots ℅ Sole Society, Forever21 shirt, Joe Fresh toque & scarf
My family takes Christmas…seriously. We have at least 12 important traditions that must be observed every year – all of us crammed into my little sister’s room for a sleepover on Christmas Eve, waking up at 5AM and making Mum and Dad coffee at 7AM Christmas morning and having high tea before the Nutcracker (which we’re doing next week, woot!). However, one of the most important traditions we have is our trek an hour out of town to cut down two Christmas trees (this year three, one for Matt and I!). This year was a bit different because not only were both my older sister and little brother out of town or abroad, but we also didn’t have Bailey, which meant my little sister and I, abandoned as we were, had to make it as fun and positive as possible despite less-than-perfect conditions!
Thankfully, that really didn’t take much effort. Just give us a tree cart, some sugar to get hopped up on and we’re pretty much good to go. What I did have trouble with was how to still look somewhat cute without completely freezing my ass off. I know anyone who does’t live on the coast will roll their eyes when I say this (Vancouver temperatures are famously mild), but it really and truly was so cold this weekend, I could hardly stand it. I have this particularly lame tendency to tear up when I get really cold and to whimper, so needless to say, layering was absolutely key.
Cue in my favourite keep-warm trick: the cape-under-parka trick, also seen here last year. Cheery red stripes, festive gloves and my favourite hoodie-and-scarf pair lately helped to keep the look from looking too Michelin Man-esque, plus the perfect pop of cherry red thanks to Lush’s Santa Baby lip tint! Such a cute colour.
Since this is Matt and I’s first Christmas tree together though, we now have a whole other predicament we didn’t even think about until we got our tree all set up in the stand…what will its topper be??? Ornaments are easy enough, but I feel like for tradition’s sake, you kind of have to commit to your topper since it’s sort of the main show. My family’s got an angel and a Ukrainian bauble-type topper for our two trees, but for whatever reason, I’m thinking a star for us. What do you guys use for your trees?