Monday, December 12, 2005


Somehow, I managed to miss the first snowfall of the season. This is not a normal occurrence. It never snows before Christmas in Tokyo; this has Kyoto Protocol written all over it.

Even though what little snow there was had dissipated by the time I looked outside, I knew it was going to happen. It was in the air. As soon as I woke up, I started crocheting scarves for this year's Christmas presents (in bed, of course). It is officially hibernation season, which means that I try to limit activities to things that can be accomplished in bed.

I did eventually have to get out of bed, to decorate the Christmas tree. Usually, we buy our fir tree from some fir tree guy in Oregon. This year, all the Oregon trees that were sent to Tokyo were DOA (again, Kyoto Protocol?). The tree we were given in its place was a domestically grown, anemic, quirky coat-hanger of a Christmas tree: a Tim Burton tree. But at the end of the day, once you decorate the tree as heavy-handedly as we do, you can barely see the tree. It's still a work in progress but I love how old-fashioned it looks. All the stuff hanging in there is either hand-made or has been around since I was a kid. The tin foil angel on top of the tree is something I made when I was 9.


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