One of our favorite fundraisers at Nest Realty every year is our annual Gingerbread House contest, supporting Micah’s Backpack. We’ve been doing it for several years now, and each year we get the question “are you doing the gingerbread houses again?” Yes!
Thanksgiving is gone, and Christmas is upon us. While we moaned about seeing Christmas displays in August – TOO SOON – the reality is that Christmas is right around the corner. And before you finish the Christmas shopping, it’s time for the Christmas tree to go up.
Santa’s come and gone, and taken the cookies on his way out the door. The kids have woken you early, and shrieks of laughter are hopefully filling your home. Ideally, the sound of a new drum set is not present.
Admit it – you head out late in the evenings around the Christmas holidays to look for houses decorated (in an over the top way) for Christmas. Kind of like this one …
Growing up, we never had a real tree in the house for Christmas – it was always one of those fake plastic ones, and while they look better now they looked awful in the 70’s and 80’s (apologies to plastic Christmas tree manufacturers everywhere, but your product really was crap). But Natalie and I have always enjoyed having a real tree for Christmas, so each year we go out to a local vendor who’s set up shop in some parking lot … we agonize over “is this one too crooked”, “is that one too tall” … and then we toss a tree on top of the car and head back to decorate. Last year, the tree was too big for the nylon rope so we ended up holding the tree in place by hand as we drove back home … hello, Griswald. This year, though, we wanted to cut our own tree. But we hadn’t done it in years, and didn’t quite know where to go.
Back by popular demand – well, back because at least one person requested it – it’s the New River Valley Christmas Lights map! And this year I need your help
It’s Christmas time in the New River Valley, and holiday lights are starting to show on houses throughout the area. Natalie and I enjoy hopping in the car, turning on Christmas music, and cruising the streets looking for lights. Classy lights, gaudy lights, we like them all, and last night was our first trip out.