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Christmas is full of love, laughter and tradition.  One of my favorite traditions is getting to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. Growing up in Mississippi, my family would drive to a local tree farm with an ax and a thermos of the most delicious homemade hot chocolate. Unfortunately, living in New York City, I don’t have the luxury of cutting down my own tree. Thankfully, a little Christmas magic awaits just down the road.

It’s quite a phenomenon to see. Festive lights hang overhead and the sounds of time-tested carols chime from every direction. St. Mark’s Church (located just a few blocks from my East Village apartment) provides a little piece of holiday heaven amid the bustling, urban chaos of New York City. It’s only a single street block but time literally stops when you enter. In that moment, my favorite holiday memories don’t seem so distant. Hundreds of Christmas firs line the street, filling my nose with familiar scents and bringing me back to December nights in front of the fireplace with my family. It’s a visceral feeling, something that can’t quite be fully understood with words, but it’s a feeling I don’t want to forget.

Even when December melts away and the New Year has passed, these pictures keep the memory alive. Shooting with my Nikon D800 ensures that my most cherished moments aren’t soon forgotten. It’s odd, even now, I can still smell the firs…

Uniqlo Jacket / Old Navy T-Shirt / 3×1 Jeans / Old Navy Scarf / Topman Boots

*shot with the amazing Nikon D800 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens*

This post is sponsored by Nikon and Style Coalition.

Justin

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Justin Livingston is the founder and editor of Scout Sixteen. He lives in New York City with a cactus and an unwavering love for whiskey. See more from Justin below...

  • grant young

    I Designed that scarf!

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  • grant young

    I designed that scarf!

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  • Kyle Thornburg

    This is such a contagious post–visuals & text. Thank for sharing your festive favorites!

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  • Igal Reysher

    Wow. Love The Photos.
    Amazing Outfit.

    Igal
    http://www.thecuriousgentleman.blogspot.co.il

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  • Sebastian

    Really nice outfit and blog! Really like it, one of many inspiration sources.
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  • Anja Skrba

    I need to show this post to my brother! I really do. And I can only hope (because the hope dies last) that he will catch some of yours fashion taste!

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  • http://www.cartercubed.com/ Carter Murphy

    Cool outfit. I especially like the picture that you uploaded the other day of you wearing the Yeezus jacket…very dope.

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  • Mandy

    Love the holiday spirit!

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