holiday buzz is in the air

November 25, 2008 |  Category:   life


It starts earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it? But somehow, even though the stores all have their tinsel up, it doesn’t quite register until Thanksgiving rolls around. Then it sort of clicks and instead of scoffing at all the holiday catalogs and the trees and fake snow that have been on display for a few weeks, it’s suddenly feels festive and charming. Holidays have taken on a whole new meaning now that we have the business and I can sort of see why Mark never looked forward to them because of all the work and holidays that he missed while being at the restaurant, but at least we can take the actual holidays off even if the days surrounding them are crazy. I am debating whether or not to get a tree. Like a lot of people, we are really trying to budget and it seems a little frivolous given how uncertain next year will be. But then I can’t help but think of how the girls will react, especially Claudine who will actually be able to express herself this year if we drag a tree into the house (ever feel like this is a really weird thing to do sometimes? We never had a live tree growing up, just fake ones, so I am still getting used to the whole idea). I can hear her now, as she stands there by the elevator, looking up as Mark brings the tree in, “Ooooooh!”.

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  • aredcardigan November 25, 2008 at 7:00 am

    YES! It really does start earlier and earlier.

    Oh maybe just get a teeny tiny tree for Claudine.

    Or get crafty and let the kids create one from papier-mâché. My sister and I drew out one and stuck it at the bottom of the wall one year. haha.

  • selkie November 25, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I do so wish I could just have you all pop over and cut a tree from my “backyard”, which is what we do every year. Kids are grown, but they come back at X-mas and help traipse about and cut one down, drag it in, decorate it with favorite deco’s they have made and collected over their 25/20 years.
    When they were little we lived in a city, and I was horrified at the cost of a tree. But I always thought it was worth it, for the kids. Most years we would keep it, in water, until Spring. It became a houseplant of sorts.

  • Alicia November 25, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Jenna, thanks for posting about pomegranates the other day! I picked one up at the store and I’m hooked. I’m going to get some more to bring along for family on Thanksgiving. =D You should make pomegranate, err.. marshmallows! haha

  • Jenna November 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    We have made pomegranate marshmallows, funnily enough. They were really good freshly made, but after a day, ended up tasting like flintstones vtamins, if you can imagine that. Sometimes marshmallows will change flavor after time…weird.