Hello! My name is Alea, and I am just thrilled to be a guest blogger for Emerson Fans. They have invited me to share some of the things the excite me and my family most about the holidays. I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Atlanta, GA , and most recently our family had built our farmhouse ourselves. Im looking forward to sharing with you our family and a few of our spaces over the next few weeks, and of course, brag about our Emerson Fans.
I wouldn’t say I am a necessarily a traditionalist, but I really have a love for anything sentimental and for things that can be passed on from one generation to the next. (hence my career choice) The holidays are a perfect time to create those traditions, and how memories are created. They are what bond us to our family and friends and make the holidays a time to be treasured. Traditions can certainly be full of fanfare, but most often, its the small and simple things. I truly love our family’s holiday traditions, and the memories we have made over the years are priceless. If I had to pick just one holiday tradition, I think decorating our tree is my most favorite. I remember when my husband and I were just married, just out of collect, we managed to get a sweet little tree that we decorated with one strand of lights and a few homemade ornaments while sipping on cocoa and listening to Christmas music. It wasn’t much, but it was perfect because it was us.
Fast forward 15 years and 4 kids later, that’s still what I love most, the us that I share it with. Don’t get me wrong, I am so thankful that we have a little more than one strand of lights to decorate with, but the process is something we all enjoy and are a part of. Our tree is always the first thing that we decorate, its like our opener to the holiday season. We spend the morning pulling out all the decorations, get the hot cocoa started, and the joyous task of seeing which strands of lights withstood the last year. Pulling out the ornaments and decor and reminiscing over each piece, either hand made or purchased, they are all beyond sentimental to all of us. I especially love the ones with photos so I can see how much my girls have grown.
My hubby is always responsible for getting the tree ready and set. Its my job to tell him when its straight…well really when it is just right. Then, the stringing of the lights and shortly after the addition of each ornament. Sound familiar yet?
The tree to me just marks the beginning of the holiday season; a season that presents so many beautiful opportunities. Opportunities for connection and hope and love. Opportunities to make memories and extend a hand, open your hear that much more. I know that is something we should be doing all year long, but Christmas just gives the perfect excuse to slow down a minute and allow love to do what it does best.
So of course, once fully decorated it is beautiful and so very special. I love stepping back and admiring because it truly brings a joy to our space. And believe me when I say, there is a ton of joy in our space.
I am so thankful for the many rounds of holiday movies, holiday cookies, gatherings, the hopes of a jolly elf, of course, plenty of dancing and twirling by my sweetest sugar plum fairies. All the joys of the season.
(PS Have you noticed our most awesome ceiling fan? It is the Highpoint, and the moment I saw this fan I was obsessed. I love texture and with the metal and wood accents it was a perfect fit for our living room space.)
Photography by Alea Moore Photography