Getting in the holiday spirit

This weekend we planned to drive to New Jersey, for hiking and to start the holiday season with a fresh cut Christmas tree. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, and we headed out after coffee and rearranging our bedroom to make room for a tree.

A quick stop by the library brought us up Passyunk, and while stopped at a light next to a stand of trees we changed our mind: here’s a reasonably priced fir a few blocks from home, let’s go bowling instead!

We still got a few miles of hiking in: walking the tree back rather than strapping it onto the roof for a few blocks trip. The return to get the car: finally, some parking luck right across the street from our apartment. A walk through south Philly to Pep Bowling, only to find their few lanes fully occupied with a 12-year old’s birthday party in full swing, and a walk back to Center City to the just-fine Lucky Strike. Good cheer and two losses to my wife’s consistent bowling, a lovely outing.

Stephanie picks up the spare.

Stephanie picks up the spare.

The tree had been stretching out at home, filling the apartment with a wintry forest aroma. From our 3 ornaments a few years ago, we’ve by now picked up a fair number from friends, family, and travels, so with plenty of lights and some glass beads, decorating was set in short order. Another string of lights for the living room ambiance, and some dollar store stockings to hang from the mantle later in the week.

Let the festivities begin!

Let the festivities begin!

Finally, this morning I took the trimmed branches and made a little swag for the door, and then Stephanie and I watched The Nutcracker, which we followed with some rye bagels with chopped pickled herring salad. I’d say we’ve got the spirit in full swing now!

May your hallways smell good too.

May your hallways smell good too.