Was anyone else ready for Christmas immediately after Thanksgiving? I was, but since Thanksgiving was super early, we had a whole additional week of November before! The day after Thanksgiving, my mom, great aunt, sister, and I went to a local Christmas market to browse the wares. We picked up some goodies from people we knew, including a bow tie for Buzz, alpaca wool gloves, handmade goat milk soap, and Christmas stollen. The man who makes Christmas stollen in town has a phenomenal recipe. I'm not a big bread fan, but this was great! I was also stopped by a Swiss Father Christmas, called Samichlaus, who told me I had to reaffirm my belief in the the spirit of Christmas to clear my name off the naughty list. His sidekick Schmutzli was right behind him. For those of you unfamiliar with the Swiss story, Schmutzli travels with Samichlaus and punishes naughty children by hitting them with a broom. Needless to say, I was glad my name was cleared, haha! He gave me a piece of Swiss chocolate as a reward for reaffirming my belief.
When we got home, it was time to put up the Christmas tree! We blasted Twisted Sister's "A Twisted Christmas" album and had as much fun wearing the decorations as putting them on the tree. Buzz allowed us to put his sweater back on for the second day in a row because we gave him lots of cuddles after convincing him to hold still enough to get it on.
I love all of our Christmas ornaments. We've collected many different types over the years! I'm always super interested in seeing what styles other people have collected!
The finished tree! It's so bright! Each year we put 12 strands of lights on, because why not?
The next day it was time for me to head back to Milwaukee. The last week of November was a mix of stress and zoning out because it's the time in the semester where projects and exams start accumulating and yet I have no desire to work on them! To get away from it all, the night before December 1st my roommate and I headed downtown to get in the holiday spirit! It t'was the night before December after all! It was a carefree trip. Initially we planned to go ice skating, but we arrived to find out it wasn't open yet. So we hit the streets instead! This is our third year in a row going Christmas tree hunting (taking pictures with as many trees as possible).
My favorite tree time and time again is inside a building attached to the Pabst Theater. It's a three story tall live tree! It is unbelievably magical. My roommate and I stood on one of the top balconies and people watched for almost an hour.
We were getting hungry, so we went back to a restaurant we passed on our way to see the epic tree called the Angry Taco. It wasn't open, so we looked it up online and found that is opens on December 3rd (which is now today)! We'll definitely need to go back. Lucky for us, there was another taco place close by called Taco Bar. It was exactly like the title suggests. They have an extensive taco menu and a bar, and that's it! We both loved the food and I would definitely not mind going back if I find myself in the area and craving tacos once more.
And now it is officially December! Finals are coming up, and this year I'm planning to stay on top of them while still enjoying the holidays! I made my master list this morning of all remaining assignments, along with my study schedule for finals. Now I just need to stick to it! This month I hope to make some posts on some holiday recipes I've collected, holiday events around Milwaukee, my monthly recap, and a holiday gift guide (after all gifts have been delivered, of course)! I hope you all have a great start to your week!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!