New Traditions

Our driftwood Christmas tree and all the decorations–including the German-made blown glass ornaments–made it to Point Hope intact. 

There’s a lot about living up here that is decidedly not easy. It’s cold and dark and although we fill our days with work and  projects, we miss things like bike rides downtown, walks through forests, evenings out and daughter Maia and  friends. On the other hand, living up here has led us to new ways of doing things that we’ve come to fully embrace. I can’t imagine us ever again buying store-made bread or baked goods with any regularity. (We’re trying our hand at our first-ever homemade bagels as I write this.) The same goes for pasta–doubling the amount of semolina flour we brought with us this year is already on the list for next year. The best lox we’ve ever had is the lox we made ourselves from the Chinook we caught this past summer. And we can imagine that there will always be a place in our home for the Christmas tree we made from driftwood we found on the shores of Sarichef Island when we lived in Shishmaref.

10 thoughts on “New Traditions

  1. I have the ornaments you sent me from Shishmaref up on our tree in Sacto!
    Your tree looks pretty!
    We miss you here,too!

  2. I think we must be onto something here. Your tree is excellent, very creative. The decorations are great. Driftwood trees are so unique, no one ever the same. I may follow your example & decorate a little more next year!!

  3. Oh my word… I love this Xmas tree!!! & your food has left my mouth watering!!!! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog!!! & am so happy that it led me to yours…. Definitely following you!!! & when you sail to this side of the world…. be sure to let me know!!! 🙂 **

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