In the Depths of a Pine Forest

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This year, Christmas is involving a lot of family members. We have people coming from across the country to celebrate and join us. I wanted to put together a really beautiful setup that would reflect the whimsical nature of our decor with the woodland scenery where we live. We accomplished this with a fresh garland put down the center of the table and then adding lots of wood elements. The pines are my favorite type of tree, so we have lots of pinecones and little evergreen elements sprinkled around.

Last night, as I was Christmas shopping at the mall on December 23rd (like a crazy person) I was overwhelmed by the commotion and crowds and laughter and yelling. But there was a moment when I looked around at all of us there inside of the mall and realized that each person was individually part of Christmas, all of them taking part of Christmas shopping and existing there with the rest of us, but they were inside of their own world. That was what I wanted to portray this year, a separate world for each family celebrating, coexisting happily while they take part in traditions.

That was why we put a little pie dish cover (we didn’t have a bell jar) over a big slab of wood and filled it with a tiny winter world. We pulled out some fluff for snow and filled it with tiny trees and houses and lights. Even as we were enjoying our night, there was another little world on the table, reminding us that there can always be something separate and special about Christmas for each of us individually, another little place that we can go to where we can find joy amongst the chaos.

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I was very happy to be working with fresh greens again like we did for Thanksgiving. My mom always knows where to get the best plants and florals for decorating. Believe it or not, this is only one of our tables. We have two others that are filled with people as well. All of it seems very messy and unpredictable and maybe even stressful, but it is also part of existing. There is beauty in the fact that we are making memories with one another, and we can choose how we handle those memories.

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I wish anyone reading this a very Merry Christmas. I hope everyone’s holidays are filled with as much wrapping paper, with as much chaos, and just as much love.

The best thing to remember is that the whole rest of the world is taking time during this season to gather together for one reason or another. This is a special time, a time where our planet is glowing out into the atmosphere. We are lucky to be alive, and we are lucky to be connected with each other.

I think I’m also getting pretty lucky this year with a new record player.

Give someone you love a hug today, or tell them what they mean to you, or maybe even do the dishes. One of those things will get a good reaction. I’m looking forward to a few days off. Let’s enjoy them together.

“Sometimes you will never know

the value of a moment until it

becomes a memory.”

-Dr. Seuss

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