We thought we wouldn’t have many Christmas decorations this year since we left them back in Texas, but Christopher’s parents bought us a tree when they were here for Thanksgiving. He and I had a wonderful time listening to Christmas music while decorating the tree.
On a personal note, Christopher had to spend the first half of December studying for the Step 3 after work, so we were relieved when it was over.
One of my favorite Christmas dates was when we went to see the ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo. I loved walking around with a cup of mulled wine, enjoying all the gorgeous light displays.
They even had ice sculptors showing us how they make snowflakes, Christmas trees, and reindeer. I am always so impressed watching ice sculptors make beautiful displays out of a block of ice!
Christopher firmly believes you can’t visit the zoo without seeing the monkeys, so we stopped by the indoor exhibit on our way out and got to see the baby gorilla making his bed.
One of the highlights of December was Christopher’s work party at the Navy Pier Ballroom…where we got to visit with 700 of our closest friends. Kidding aside, it was fun to get to know some of the interns Christopher works with better. On a side note, I was sad because the invitation said it was a business casual event, so I felt like I couldn’t dress up. Turns out, there were people in ball gowns, so I definitely could have worn something fancier.
On one of Christopher’s golden weekends, we decided to it was worth it to wait four hours to sit by a Christmas tree at The Walnut Room. You can read more about it here, but it was definitely an unforgettable experience, and I’m glad we decided to do it.
My in-laws flew in on Christmas Eve, and we had the best time together. We went to a candlelight Christmas Eve service at The Moody Church, ate plenty of delicious food, and visited the Driehaus Muesum, a gorgeous palatial house from the Gilded Age.
We topped off December and 2016 by seeing my family! My parents were visiting friends in Milwaukee for New Year’s Eve, so we headed to Milwaukee to bring in the new year, Russian style. I will talk more about that in my January recap, but I loved being able to see my parents and younger brother (who I hadn’t seen since we moved!).