It's officially our second Christmas 3,000 miles away from most people we know and love. Last year was exciting and twinklie because not only had we just moved to the West coast, but also it was our first Christmas as a married couple. We were enamored with starting our own traditions and celebrating in our own ways. We weren't going back East because we had just arrived here. And even if our apartment was mostly empty and we had very little (i.e. money and possessions) we were cozied up together and couldn't have been happier.
This year, some of that excitement has faded (though not much, this is still an amazing city that we explore new nooks and crannies of every day). Again, we're not going back East, and we're still figuring out the best way to celebrate with just us two. You can't help but feel like a little something is missing when you're nearest and dearest are all a coast away. But, on the other side of the coin, I feel so lucky to spend this really special time with the one I love. While the grand plans for the rest of our lives include many, many people and places. Right now it's just us and to I want to soak up every bit of it.
Xander and I both love Christmastime. I think it's a combination of cooler, grey-er weather, longer nights, and pretty lights. Well, that last one might be just me. We love picking out a tree, decorating the house, and doing little things during the season to celebrate. I was very pleased with our decorations this year. We got a tree from the local lot and they had garland as well. We asked for six feet and they sent us home with nearly 12. So, I got creative with the garland and really like it.
Next up, Christmas cookie all day bake-a-thon.