Boris.

Whew! What a week. Since returning from our trip, it’s been all Christmas/all day. And right now, as I watch fat snowflakes swirling around outside, it’s hard to believe it’s over. Just like that. I’ll be sharing more about our holidays this week, but first, meet Boris.

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I know we’re not the only ones who name their Christmas trees. Let’s pay a visit to Christmas trees past. For the first couple of years, all of our trees (at my house and at John’s)  were named Sherman.

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Next came Herman (and Cholula’s first Christmas!).

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Our first tree in our new home was tall and lanky like the star of my favorite Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. We named him Stewart.

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Last year, we brought home a big mama we called Bertha. We almost couldn’t get her into the house!

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And this year, we fell in love with a tree that could be Bertha’s slightly smaller cousin. “Boris” just seemed to fit.

I love wandering through the groves of trees at the Park City nursery. There are tiny Charlie Brown trees, thick and bushy trees, tall and skinny trees. There’s a fire burning to warm chilly hands and a big old stove in Santa’s Workshop. And when you find The Tree, you just know it.

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Thankfully, it wasn’t as difficult to get Boris off of the truck, up the stairs, and into the living room as it was with Big Bertha. There was a bit of trunk-trimming and Boris’s off-kilter top section was a little tricky, but he fit right into the designated Christmas tree corner.

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Decorating for Christmas is magical and full of nostalgia. We know each item and ornament well, but we pull things from boxes with child-like glee as if seeing the stuff for the first time. Each ornament has a story, and every Christmas tree is deeply personal. We sang along to classic Christmas songs, donned Santa hats, and made Boris sparkle.

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Because we got started a little late this year, we won’t have a tree in the house as long. So we’re doing our best to enjoy the magic while we can…it’ll be over as soon as it began.

Stay tuned for a proper holiday recap, John’s birthday shrimp boil, and the rest of our East Coast adventure!

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