Starbucks Perfect Pairings & Christmas Tree Decorating

Ten years ago as newlyweds, my husband and I decided to start a new Christmas tradition. Every year, we would buy a ornament for each person in the family. I know many families have a similar tradition, but my parents didn't make a big deal about decorating for Christmas. I wanted to make Christmas special for us by creating our own traditions.

The kids have been hounding me waiting for two weeks to put up our Christmas tree. Finally over the weekend, we unboxed our brand new pre-lit tree. My husband and Sophia were very serious as they put it together. He was adamant about reading the instructions first. Just one of these annoying things I love about him.

After all that hard work assembling the three pieces of the tree, it was time for a snack break. In fact, the kids practically jumped for joy when I told them they could finally eat the Artisan Fresh cinnamon rolls. I even warmed them up in the oven. Plus, for the first time ever, we picked up some Starbucks ground coffee to brew at home. I'm a huge fan of Starbucks but have never bought their ground coffee. It's silly, isn't it?

We do a lot of our grocery shopping at Sam's Club (budget friendly, yay!) so I was not surprised to find a great deal on Starbucks Limited Edition Holiday Blend. At Sam's Club, the 28oz bag was $16.98 while a 16oz bag on the Starbucks website is $14.98. I was pretty surprised. We also picked up a the tray of Artisan Fresh cinnamon rolls to go with the coffee.

While the kids chowed down on the cinnamon rolls and their hot chocolate, I poured myself a cup of the holiday blend. The fresh, hot coffee smelled heavenly and reminded me of walking into a Starbucks. I know that sounds silly, but buying coffee at a Starbucks cafe has been more of a treat these days. For the tasting, I took a sip the black coffee. The holiday blend is bold and dark with a hint of cinnamon spiciness at the end. The spice was a pleasant surprise. When I took a bite of the cinnamon roll and drank the coffee, the cinnamon spice was more pronounced in the holiday blend. I absolutely loved it and it definitely is a #DeliciousPairing.

The cinnamon rolls were a huge hit as well. They were the perfect amount of yeast dough and cinnamon filling. Sophia gave the cinnamon rolls two hands up, which is even better than two thumbs up. My husband laughed at me because I couldn't stop raving about how much I liked the coffee. I was surprised by how much I liked it. Once I finished the taste test, I added sweetener and milk, then topped my coffee with whipped cream. Yay for decadence on a budget. It's like having a Starbucks cafe in my home.

Once our bellies were full, the kids made a mad dash towards the ornaments. In case you wondered, the bottom front of the tree may be a little ornament heavy because that's as far as Jaxson got. They were moving so fast, most of my photos of them were a huge blur.

As we pulled out each ornament, we took a little stroll down memory lane. We haven't picked up ornaments for 2012 yet, but here's a salt dough ornament I made last year. I made one for each member of the family. Isn't she cute?

Here's the little guy we purchased for Jaxson's first Christmas. There's lots more but I won't torture you with the stories.

This was the first year that we incorporated coffee and baked goods into our tree trimming tradition. It was fun to take a snack break during our decorating. Having the cinnamon rolls and coffee just added to our evening. I also have a feeling that we'll go through our 28oz bag of Starbucks Limited Edition Holiday Blend pretty quickly.

Do you include coffee in your holiday traditions?

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