You might already know this but we are approaching the middle of December. Fast. I still seem to be under the impression that we are in October. It might have something to do with the fact that it has been sunny and in the 60′s here in Oakland. December, the one that I know, is rainy and in the 40′s. If that.
I’m doing my best to get in the spirit. I’ve made up my baking list and am starting to tackle it. We listen to holiday music at night. We have been lighting our Menorah. We went and got our tree over the weekend and spent last night decorating it and setting up an amazing train set that Randy’s parents sent to us. (We are a mixed faith household.) The stockings are hung, we have lights on our house. It just doesn’t feel right to me though. There is not much I miss about our Seattle house, but I do miss how it looked at Christmas time. We had very high ceilings and each year got an enormous tree, one that smelled just like a forest. Our ceilings are lower here, our tree is smaller, and we were not able to hang all the ornaments. It doesn’t smell as good as a Washington tree. The day we cut it down, the boys were wearing shorts. In our old life, I made dinner for my family on Christmas Eve to celebrate my parents’ anniversary and we all opened our gifts that night. It will be different this year.
I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer. I have a wonderful life and so much to be thankful for. It’s just moving is hard and the smooth sailing I felt after we first got here has morphed into missing home. But enough sadness and nostalgia. Time to cheer up and time for new traditions. Yes our tree is smaller but when we turn out the lights in the living room, not only do our tree lights sparkle, but so do all the lights in Oakland, San Francisco, and Marin. We can see them all from our cozy couch. We have been invited to parties with new friends and I have new teachers to bake for. I’d like to know what your traditions are, how you celebrate this season. And I’m giving something away.
Last fall, I went to visit the nice people at Harry and David. I wrote about my trip here. Since then, I have bought several boxes of pears from them to give as gifts and also just for our family. If you have never had a Harry and David pear, they are the best you will ever taste. They are also gorgeous. Because they are a generous company, they have sent me a box of Washington apples (the only produce, next to wild mushrooms, that I miss from my home state) and a box of pears this year. And they offered to give away a great box to one of my readers.
I got to hand pick which box to giveaway and I chose this one for a reason. This is the Bear Creek gift box and I love it. It offers the very best of the company, in my opinion. Plenty of pears, a couple apples, some savory snacks (nuts, crackers, Rogue River cheese), and some sweet (cookies, chocolate covered cherries, and the all-important Moose Munch). Want one? Just leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite holiday tradition is. I always like learning more about my readers. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday morning around noon. Thanks for being here and for your continued support.