December 19, 2004

First Christmas away from Home

This is the first year that Mark and I haven’t gone back to Ottawa for Christmas. Both of our families are coming here over the holidays, so we will be seeing our immediate families, but it does mean many changes in our traditions and habits. It also means we finally have our first tree of our own! Here it is in all its glory (ok, I think it’s glorious, but I’m a little biased), with the stockings hung by the fire with care (they really were — we measured the distance between each stocking and everything!).


We spent the day cleaning and setting up the tree; also, baking tourtières:


The house has been so horribly disgusting for so long that it feels like a physical relief to start getting it back to some semblance of livable. And now that the living room is all decorated for Christmas I keep having spontaneous fits of giddiness — I really, really like Christmas. I admit it — I’m deeply sentimental and very tradition oriented (towards family traditions, anyway — which are sometimes somewhat different than the rest of the world’s traditions!). Now if only Toronto could somehow find a way to give us snow by next Friday!

Oh, and I’ve finished one thrummed mitten (colour slightly darker than shown):


All in all, a remarkably productive day. Now to bed!

Posted by Aven at December 19, 2004 02:12 AM

The stockings look terrific on the mantle!! Love the thrummed mitt too. I need to get one on the needles.

Posted by: Jean at December 19, 2004 06:07 AM

It is very exciting to host a Christmas for family and friends, and this means the beginning of your own traditions. Your living room looks very festive.
Have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Posted by: Paula at December 19, 2004 10:22 AM

Aven the mitten looks great! I am very excited about it (and the other mitten too).
The tree looks great.

Posted by: Morel at December 19, 2004 10:33 AM

Uh, sorry for the superfluous use of the word “great” in my last comment. Here’s to reading one’s messages before sending them.

Posted by: Morel at December 19, 2004 10:35 AM

Everything looks wonderful! What pattern are you using for your thrums?

Posted by: Dani at December 19, 2004 10:46 AM

Happy Christmas Aven! It looks very festive (and tidy…how did you do that?) at your house.
I’m hoping for snow too.

Posted by: Stephanie at December 19, 2004 12:54 PM

Great looking mitt! And I think there might be some snow here for friday.

Posted by: Jacqueline at December 20, 2004 10:23 AM