Incredibly, this is our third Christmas in America. However, this year was our first Christmas in our new home since the first year we were in rental accommodation and last year we were vacationing in Florida. It has been fun properly decorating this house for the festive season for the first time, determining the logistics of where gifts should be left, where they should be opened, and cooking Christmas dinner in our kitchen for the first time. It is almost as if spending Christmas in our new home has cemented its status as “home”. When we left our home in Scotland, it was emotional because of all the memories and traditions connected to that house. Now we are making new memories and connecting the house to new traditions. Since it was just the six of us and no travel was involved, we also had the pleasure of a very relaxed and chilled Christmas Day. My bonus gift was that my husband took charge of Christmas dinner so I had a day off from cooking. He’s a pretty good cook so that was delicious treat as well as giving me time to just sit on the sofa and flick through some new books. Bliss.