Before we knew it, the day was over. We opened sweaters, books, a leapster, crafts, magnatiles, other toys, more clothes, and 2 iphones, given to us by my mom. Today was spent at our usual suburban shopping rounds – Target, Ikea, Costco, and a trip to Anthropologie to buy my 75% off Christmas ornament to save for the following year, a tradition that I’ve started a few years ago. It’s sort of amazing what bargains can be had on Christmas stuff if you’re in the market for it after it’s over and this year I was because Christmas isn’t over at our house yet. Asako, the Japanese journalist, came by right before we left Brooklyn to check out our place and we agreed to do the photoshoot for the New York Christmas issue of this magazine next year – a multi-page spread with photos of the apt decked out for Christmas and pictures of the family (much to our dismay as neither Mark nor I really like to be photographed). So upon our return to Brooklyn on Monday, we’ll be putting up wreaths, ornaments, hunting for more Christmas bargains and doing Christmas crafts in preparation for the shoot after New Years. I have to admit, it’s a bit weird, after the fact.