I’m trying my best to get into the holiday spirit, but I find in hard in the middle of summer, even after seven years in Australia. This year is the first year I won’t be seeing my family over Christmas, so I’ve been trying extra hard to get the house decorated. James and I got a Christmas tree (a small, cheap plastic one, but a Christmas tree nonetheless) for the first time and I started knitting a mitten garland to hang over it, only to get bored after two mittens. The house is looking more Scandinavian than ever given all of my Swedish Christmas decorations. My favourite thing, however, has to be the little tomtar (elves) that I’ve scatted among Muji’s New York in a bag, one of our souvenirs from the US trip. And the Christmas baking starts tonight. Maybe that’ll help?