On Friday the Chicago Christmas Tree was delivered to Chicago’s Daley Plaza, a few blocks from my office and across the street from our church.  I took a break mid-afternoon to go and grab a few pictures for you, to kick off the season in style here on Pink-Briefcase.

And this is what I saw:

tree stand

The tree stand.  And also, fountains still orange from Halloween.  So that was kind of a bummer.  I took a stab at imagining for you what the Christmas Tree would look like.

imaginary tree

But, do not worry — the tree is now in place!  We went back to check on it Saturday night and it was totally there.  Today I grabbed an up-close photo for you so you can see the pre-decorated, ginormous tree.

Tree In Place

Isn’t it beautiful?!?! 

My two brothers-in-law will be coming for faux Thanksgiving the weekend before Thanksgiving, and the Chicago Tree Lighting will take place on the last day they are here, before we all trek down to Tennessee to spend real Thanksgiving with our families.  I never made it to the DC Christmas Tree lighting ceremony my entire five years living in DC (I know, but I could never make it in time after work!).  I’m very excited for this experience and for making Chicago feel more like home by adopting new traditions.

I’ll be on the look-out this month for more Chicago Christmas traditions.  I think we may try to set up the Christmas tree before we leave for Thanksgiving, since we won’t be back from Thanksgiving until December 1st and that is MUCH to late in the season to begin decorating (in my opinion).  What about you?  Any Christmas traditions (new or old) that you are excited for?

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