Advent Calendar Day 5: My First Christmas in California by Evelyne Holingue

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My First Christmas in California by Evelyne Holingue

“You’ve got to see something,” my husband said, right after picking our eleven-month-old daughter and me up at the San Francisco airport.
We had left Paris on December 22, more than twenty hours ago, and I wondered what could a Parisian have never seen that couldn’t wait until the next day. But an irresistible hint of excitement in my husband’s voice triggered my curiosity.
“Where are you taking me?” I asked.
“Get ready,” he said with a twinkle in his eyes.photo 1-1

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Advent Calendar Day 3: Oh, Christmas Tree by Melanie Noell Bernard

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Image by Melanie Noell Bernard, wreath by Lileya of Deviantart

Oh, Christmas Tree by Melanie Noell Bernard

Traditions are those activities which take place every year. They’re the things we look forward to, and one of the best times for them to occur is during the holidays. The holidays come around every year. Same day, same time, same tradition.

My family wasn’t one to have a whole lot of traditions when it came to holidays, specifically Christmas. Christmas was simply a time filled with buying presents, wrapping them when no one else was home, cooking a big turkey, and relaxing in the glow of the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. In fact, it was the Christmas tree, itself, that held the most tradition in my house. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 3: Oh, Christmas Tree by Melanie Noell Bernard”