O Christmas Tree!
This is the same Christmas tree I purchased in 2003 for my very first holiday in my own apartment. I think it was a good investment. I always use my red glitter ornaments with white glittery snowflakes. Over the years, I've added a few personal ornaments too - like the little Chloe dog my mom and dad gave us, a picture of Brookie or the flip flops Andi and I bought on our trip to Hawaii in 2005.
As soon as I pulled the camera out to take pictures of the decorations, Chloe walked right over to the tree and sat down in front. What a good little doggy! I rewarded her with a treat (maybe she remembers that part from last year. Or maybe she's glad I didn't make her wear the Santa costume again!)
The dining room
... and our make-shift mantle since we don't have a fireplace or staircase to hang out stockings
Love the Santa Claus advent calendar in the background. I feel like a kid every morning when I move the candy cane from one day to the next. Because I'm a nerd like that, I have been drafting a list of advent calendar activities to do with my future kiddos someday. Things like "decorate the Christmas tree" or "make cinnamon ornaments." Won't that be a fun tradition some day?
Television / mantle area