This was our first Christmas as a family in Tahoe. Nina and I had previously spent at least one other Christmas in Tahoe, but not as full time residents and it was before the children were born. There are a few cool thing about spending Christmas up here, including:
- It’s white (at least it was this year!)
- We got to cut down our own Christmas tree in the woods near our house and carry it home.
- It didn’t matter that the ice machine in the refrigerator doesn't work, even when Nina needed a Baileys at midday on Christmas Day. She just walked outside, grabbed an icicle from the eaves and popped it in the glass. Christmas is saved.
On the whole, we did have a pretty laid back Christmas Day - just the five of us. No one was staying with us at the time but we did get to Skype Granny, Grandad and Auntie Naomi. In the days leading up to Christmas we had friends from San Jose visiting us (Seeling, Jayden and Clarisse – sans Newton) and a couple of days after Christmas we had Esther, Gracie and Liam staying with us. The kids had a blast playing with their friends and cousins. On New Year’s Day we’re having more guests coming to stay with us – Mei, Albert, Madeleine and Miles – and it’s their second time in just over a month! I’m telling you, if you like having guests come and stay with you (which we do, a lot), then move to a place like Tahoe.
Another cool thing about the house we’re in is that there’s an extreme sledding hill just outside the back of the house. For the past week and a half, it’s been a daily activity for the children to go outside and spend an hour or so sledding.
Also, what’s really fun this year, is that the boys are old enough to go off skiing by themselves. Also, they know the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski area well enough to their friends and cousins with them and show them the best places to go on the mountain.
So, we hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing as many friends and family as possible in 2016.