I know I mentioned this last year, but I have become an advocate of the fake tree. I used to be a "real" tree snob. Yes, a snob. I do somewhat still miss the tradition of the family going to pick out and cut down a tree from the Christmas tree farm (we did this growing up) and then sipping on hot cocoa. BUT this artificial tree that our land lord left us (read: FREE) is amazing! It is so easy to put up each year, the pre-lit feature is pretty sweet and I do not miss having to water and vacuum up pine needles every day. Yankee candles take care of the Christmas smell.
I like our advent candle set, but as Phoebe gets older I will be looking for a good advent children's tool. I've read about a couple interesting ones on some of your blogs, but if you have any other good suggestions please leave a comment below.
Oh and I buy poinsettias EVERY year! They scream Christmas to me. Plus, I think they are gorgeous. But without fail I end up killing them before Christmas morning ever comes around. I don't know if I give them too much water, not enough water, not enough sun, too cold an environment? I tried a different placement this year, so hopefully that will help extend its life. Again if you have any tips about poinsettias, please do share.
Nativity sets are by far my favorite Christmas decorations because they remind me of the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus. We have several different sets from various travels with various levels of sentimental value. The one with the nails is probably my favorite of our collection because it is so unique and baby Jesus is simply represented as a crown; I love that.