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!”.