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Ornaments that represent my family.
Vintage egg ornament. I don't know if my mom bought it at a school bazaar or if someone gave it to her, but it's older than I am. It's made out of a real hen's egg, and has survived many, many Christmases!
Another vintage ornament from my childhood. I have two of these, this one, and one in red. I used to talk to the elves when I was little.
Finding unexpected faces in unexpected places.
Watching the Christmas advent playscapes fill up every day.
And a not so favorite thing: disappointment. We were supposed to go have Christmas with my family today, but they are in blizzard conditions and the drive there would have been too dangerous. It is not snowing here, but we have temperatures in the single digits (Fahrenheit; well below zero Celsius) and wind gusts of 40 mph. The kids are trying to find things to do today. They were supposed to be at grandma's, eating too much food and getting presents! Instead they are home where it's too cold to go outside. My husband is teaching my daughter how to play solitaire, which is actually quite clever of him.