Oh Christmas Tree…

Angela preparing ornaments.

Angela preparing ornaments.

Happy Holidays!  What a fabulous time of year.  It’s hard to believe it’s already December, especially when our weather here in Ecuador hasn’t changed a bit, and there were no falling leaves or frigid temperatures to remind us of time passing.  A part of me has missed the seasons, but most of me is quite happy to enjoy the 70 degree weather and scattered sunny days we get year-round.

Doug and I weren’t exactly sure how to go about celebrating Christmas here, but I guess that’s just another part of living in a new place and figuring out life here.  It’s the first Christmas of our entire lives that either of us have been away from family for the holidays, so this is a pretty big change!  I knew I wanted to get a few decorations and bake some Christmas goodies here, but we debated whether to get a tree and how much to invest in this holiday away from home.

Doug assembling the base of the tree.

Doug assembling the base of the tree.

In the end, we got a tree!  Well, a sort-of-tree.  One we found at the supermarket that we won’t have to burn or throw away after Christmas (“made from 100% recycled PVC” to be exact).  Neither of us love fake trees, but, standing 5 feet tall, it’s actually a step up from the itty bitty fake tree we had for our first two Christmases together!  We laughed as we put it together in our dining room, “fluffing” the branches and finding that they, too, shed “pine needles” just like on a real tree.  We strung a few lights on it and hung some round red ornaments and -voila! – it was suddenly Christmastime in the Johnston household!

Angela putting the finishing touches on the tree.

Angela putting the finishing touches on the tree.

I remembered back to all the Christmases I’d spent with my family growing up overseas and the variety of trees we’d decorated together.  Super tall real trees, shorter full trees, fake trees made out of spray painted sticks – and I decided this is a perfect one to add to this legacy of Christmas trees.  And as it turns out, if you don’t stand real close to it, it looks pretty good!

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angela December 8, 2012 Ecuador