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Tree v. 2017

This is our 2017 Christmas tree.

Oh, Christmas tree…

It fell over while we were decorating it: the first time that’s ever happened to us. Smashed bulbs and spilled water. Scared dog cowering in the corner. It almost fell over a second time, too, but by then we had grown wiser to its ways and managed to catch it.

It was a fitting end to our Thanksgiving weekend: two sick-as-hell people struggling to decorate their house for Christmas, to salvage some holiday cheer after their family celebration in the mountains was ruined by the flu, the tree absolutely refusing to cooperate. Both of us still up at 9:00 PM, delirious, insisting we could do it; we could have some happy holidays in 2017. We could end a terrible year on a high note. There were still things to look forward to…

And there are. I guess. Siiiggghhh.

The tree is up. The halls are decked. Christmas will come. We’ve both already had the flu this season, so maybe we won’t get it again, right? (??? Knock on wood…).

This too shall pass.

So, here we go, full steam ahead into Christmas 2017, and then into a new year which, we hope, has good things in store not just for us, but for the whole world.

We both kinda feel like flopping over at this point, but we’re holding each other up like invisible fishing wire behind the scenes. We can do this. 

The world can do this. 

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Tree, v.2016

We have secured –

– the 2016 Temple Family Christmas Tree!

Trent after cutting our 2016 tree, blissfully unaware that you can't really touch this thing anywhere besides the green stuff.

Trent after cutting our 2016 tree, blissfully unaware that you can’t really touch this thing anywhere besides the green stuff. Cypress trees are painfully prickly, people. Pretty and PRICKLY. Beauty is pain.

We went tree hunting this past weekend in Petaluma for the third year in a row with our friends Jessica and Larry. We adore this kickoff to our holiday season; it’s a real tradition now in the Temple household. But THIS year was special, since the little bundle of joy Jessica was carting along in utero last year was out in full banana-biscuit-gobbling force for 2016, ready to have a say in her second (technically, but by just a few days) Christmas tree:  Continue reading

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Trees fall so that our tradition may live.

Trees fall so that our tradition may live.

We’ve been at 3675 for over a year now, and it’s no longer the “first time” we do anything in this house. It’s now the second time. Or, in the case of some things – like laying mulch – it’s the third time. Or the fourth time. Jeez – it might even be the fifth time we’ve laid mulch, dammit. Continue reading

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The Holiday Things

This Christmas Spirit Train keeps a-rollin’…

In addition to trees and lights and stockings and stuff, our house is now decked out with ALL the Christmas things. Including a bright red poinsettia on the dining table.


Our perfect Christmas poinsettia! The things are complete.

It’s so pretty! And red. And Christmassy. 🙂

This is going to be the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f#@$ing Kaye!

PS — Thanks for completing our collection of all the Christmas things, Dicky and Majella…

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More Drum Roll!

I give you!

Exterior Christmas lights at 3675.

10,000 imported Italian twinkle lights!

(well, maybe not quite 10,000… but every one is on our house, and we love them all!)

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