Ahhhh, holidays. The time of year we happily trade the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a different kind of crazy. It’s magical madness: a season where the refrigerator is always full and the mailbox is never empty. We silence our alarm clocks and turn on the Christmas music. We shop, wrap, decorate, bake, host, visit. Santa makes his naughty and nice list, while … Continue reading Holiday Highlights
Sadly but not shockingly, the year is rounding out with a Christmas tree shortage. Really 2020?! Fortunately, we harvest our tree from the Chugach National Forest each year, which has 5.5 million acres of spruce to share. Access roads and pullouts weren’t plowed like usual, but eventually we found a spot to safely stash the truck while we wandered into the woods. It was an … Continue reading Treepiphany
I’m nestled under a blanket on our couch, writing by the light of the Christmas tree. The shiny gifts underneath have been replaced with a blanket of spruce needles that keep dropping from this poor tree, but it still looks beautiful to me. For as long as I can remember we’ve plugged our tree lights into a Clapper. I still remember the ridiculous commercials growing … Continue reading Merry Magical Christmas
We returned from Maui three weeks ago (eventually I will get around to posting some pictures from that amazing vacation!!) and since then it’s been all about Christmas. First on the to-do list was the family tree. This annual excursion is usually more National Lampoons than Norman Rockwell, but this year I must admit it was pretty darn easy. The snow was only ankle deep … Continue reading Ready or Not, Christmas is Tomorrow!