Christmas in Hooville

Last night I did something I haven’t done in five years: I put up a Christmas tree.

The first year I was married I decked out the apartment with lights, decorations, and endless Christmas music, but once I moved to Mexico it just never felt like the holiday. I’m a four-seasons kind of girl and have a hard time celebrating when I’m in a tank top and shorts and sweating enough to water the feral cats.

Last yearโ€”my first Christmas back in the USโ€”I lived with my parents who, for reasons I don’t recall, didn’t put up a tree. So, this is a big year!

Many of my ornaments were gifts from my grandmother. She gave me my very first ornament when I was nine months old and has continued the tradition ever since. (Needless to say, when I moved out on my own after college my parents’ tree was suddenly VERY empty.)

Here are a few of my favorites:

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. JLCwrites

    Very cool! Wish I still had my childhood ornaments. They somehow disappeared when my dad moved in with his wife, but I’ve been doing the ‘ornament/year’ thing with my munchkins so our branches are not bare. So glad you’ve got your tree now!! 5 years is a long time to wait! :). Happy Holidays!!

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