No shortage of square footage should ever get in the way of the Christmas spirit. At least, that’s the justification I used to validate squeezing a 6-foot tree into a 300-square-foot studio. Getting it inside was a struggle, and it took us three separate tries before it was actually standing up straight. But now that it’s decked out in twinkly lights and cheery little ornaments, our tree looks right at home.
Trimming the tree has always been my favorite holiday tradition. Back at home, we’d ward off the Minnesota chill with mugs of spiced cider and The Muppets Christmas CD. Even though we’re several thousand miles away, I keep those same traditions by hosting a tree trimming party for our friends. But this time, the cider is spiked!
My lovely mother-in-law is a fellow Christmas lover, and last year she sent us an amazing collection of ornaments that had special meaning. Throughout Jim’s life, she picked out a new ornament for him every year and dated them. Now every time we hang the ornaments on the tree, we get to experience a little chronological journey of Jim’s childhood. Down the road, I might have to take a page out of her book and do the same.
We’re so grateful to our friends for filling our home with laughter and joy. It hasn’t always been easy making our home so far away from where each of us grew up, but having good friends definitely makes it feel a lot like Christmas.