Sunday, December 14, 2008

Roxy's Best Of... Holiday Plans: How Can a Suburban Mommy Compete with the Santa Rampage in Austin, Texas??

Just a quick post here before Rex, London, Maddie, Grammy and I head out to New Canaan, Connecticut, to see Rex's eight year old granddaughter perform as a pixie in the Nutcracker. While catching a performance of the Nutcracker ballet is one of our family's holiday traditions, I'm feeling a bit like a suburban mommy today, not necessarily in a bad way, but different from Roxy's wild single days. Erik, who contributes to the Roxy's Best Of... community of local web sites with his picks from Austin, Texas, posted last night about the Santa Rampage, a holiday-themed bar crawl around downtown Austin. Do check out his post... it sounds like great fun, and I'm hoping he'll update us with pictures of last night's event.

While Erik and his band of merry Santas, Mrs. Clauses and Elves were on the Santa Rampage in Austin, Texas yesterday, our family continued a quieter holiday tradition here in the Roxiticus Valley, New Jersey.

London, Maddie, Rex and I headed over to Alstede Farms in Chester, New Jersey to pick out a fresh cut eight to nine foot Christmas tree. We chose a Concolor Fir, a soft green tree with medium needles and good retention. Alstede Farms describes the frangrance as that of citrus, and after a day in our home, it's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas... a great aroma of pine needles and citrus. All we're missing are the Christmas cookies, and the girls and I may get to baking tonight. It always feels like our family is among the last to decorate our Christmas tree, but if you don't have one yet, Roxy highly recommends the Alstede Farms Christmas tree experience.

I'd love to hear more about holiday happenings in other towns, states, and parts of the world. Please share a comment here if you have a holiday tradition, wild or tame, that can contribute to Roxy's vicarious enjoyment of the season.

Happy Holidays!


Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...


Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

it's so great to be able to use a real tree. Here, we are using our fake tree over & over again every year. The only smells we get from the tree is the musky pine smell from the pine box that we used to keep our christmas tree. :)

Matthew S. Urdan said...

Roxy, there will be something for you on MTMD this week....

Evan Johnson said...

It does sound like fun. Our tree has a citrus smell to it too. It's really nice to have the smell of a real tree instead of plastic..

- Evan