Growing up, my family usually waited to put the tree up until December. But this year I'll be heading home the week before Christmas and really wanted to get some mileage out of my decorations, so now I'm the person that buys a tree the day after Thanksgiving. So far, we're enjoying the decorating process in between breaks for leftovers.
When I was little, my mom always unpacked and laid out the ornaments on the coffee table and my brother and I would be in charge of decorating with my dad. One would assume that at a young age, the kids would stick to the bottom of the tree, which we did, but in my case, I always became rather fixated on one specific branch. We have a home video that zooms in on my branch of choice, each sprig tenderly adorned with an angel or bird or bobble. When I did not take to may parents' gentle urging of "branching out", so to speak, they discreetly moved in while I wasn't looking to diffuse the population a bit.
Alfred reunion + Detroit friends + Belle Isle Aquarium + Amazing Food + the couple the makes the most sense in the world and are the most fun to play paparazzi for. Not to mention the after party with tons of glow sticks and impromptu limbo and a brunch the following day with the best bagels ever. Nuff said.
Each Halloween at work, we invite clients to bring in their kids and visit our offices for festive activities. This year we went a bit overboard and decked out our office with spooky bats, bugs, cobwebs, rags, and a creepy soundtrack. We built a bunch of soft barriers creating a winding path/obstacle course into the back corner where kids would be rewarded for their bravery with candy. Thinking back on how sensitive I was as kid, I empathized with the kids who refused to go in without a parent as a chaperone. (We got that response a lot... heh heh!)
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Mansfield, MA.