The Beauty of Fir

This past Sunday we braved the rain and went out to buy our Christmas tree. We do not cut our own tree because a). my husband hates nature and b). we like to support the local guys who typically set up in parking lots near places like Gold’s Gym. After prowling around the tent for about 10 minutes, we selected our Douglass Fir and after some chainsawing and twining (two real live Christmas tree terms) we had our tree safely back at our house. Here is what followed:

Isn’t it beautiful? It also smells divine. Now all that is left to decorate is front porch…

Christmas in Indy

I’ve lived in Indianapolis since 2006 (I had to take a minute to figure that out in my head) and in that time I have developed a few Christmas traditions.

Photo courtesy of www.indianaartisan.org

If you live in Indianapolis and have not been to this little gem of a chocolate shop, you are missing out. My personal favorites include the Lemon Chiffon truffle, the Key Lime truffle,  and the Sun King Weemac truffle (named after one of our local breweries). My husband is partial to the chocolate covered Oreo cookies, my mother loves the Kanga bars and my sister likes their peanut butter crunch. During the holiday season if you visit the store, they will give you free samples of gelato and/or hot chocolate. Have I convinced you yet?

Photo courtesy of moi.

Picture courtesy of the Indianapolis Star

The Lilly House is part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and these two place should definitely be on the holiday to do list if you live in Indy. The Museum is free and contains three floors of art the covers everything from Impressionist to African Art. The gift shop is out of this world (a great place to pick up a Christmas gift or two) and the Nourish Cafe is a delicious place to grab a sandwich or salad for lunch. Also included on the grounds of the IMA are the Lilly House and the greenhouse. Guests can tour the Lilly House free of charge and ogle at the beautiful decorations then you can visit the greenhouse and purchase a poinsettia.

Photo courtesy of moi.

Monument Circle is a cool place to walk around during the holidays. They have the lights up on the monument itself and other decorations lining the streets. You can take a carriage ride through the city and see some of the other monuments and the canal.

Photo courtesy of Nuvo

Photo courtesy of Handmade Promenade

White Dog. Photo courtesy of Show Room Finder

Photo courtesy of Irvington Vintage

I love shopping local and the holidays are no exception. These are just a few of favorite places to go for Christmas gifts. Handmade Promenade is a pop up store that only hangs around during the holidays, but the rest of these places are open year round. Check em’ out.

One of the benefits of living in a city is that there are a lot of cool things to do around the holiday season. Some of these events include: Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo. 

Photos courtesy of moi.

The Christmas Carol at The IRT

Photo courtesy of the IRT

The Nutcracker at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler College

Photo courtesy of Around Indy via Butler College

Have I mentioned I love the holidays?