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broodings from the burrow

December 7, 2009

an annual tradition
posted by soe 1:25 am

Happy St. Nicholas Day, everyone!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Yesterday, Rudi and I spent a wonderful afternoon out in Virginia picking out a tree, before returning home to clean, a process which continued right up to (and slightly past) when our first guest arrived this afternoon. Really. I actually begged poor Mia, who’d travelled down from Maryland just to join us, to give us an extra five minutes. She was a very obliging soul and wandered the neighborhood for close to 20 to give us a chance to do crazy things like put on clothes. (You mean everyone doesn’t vacuum in their underwear?)

The party was great, with people from a broad swath of our D.C. life joining us to pimp our pine. We moved the tree inside, strung it with lights, and hung ornaments. (I still have some more to put up tomorrow, but the tree already looks cheerfully adorned.) We ate and drank and generally had a pleasant evening with some great people.

I know I’ve spent practically the last month talking about cleaning and trying to organize the Burrow, and Rudi and I have had several very discouraging evenings this last week. But it must say something about how important and necessary and lovely this night is to us that we do it every year. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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