Our old digital still camera has been slowly dying for several months, but our friends Kathy and Brian were kind enough to send us a newer camera they found in a box of spare electronics. Thanks, guys!
To try it out, I snapped some photos of our geeky Christmas tree, a low-maintenance Sole-Chen family holiday tradition:
We got this small, artificial, pre-strung-with-lights tree at Walmart after moving to the Portland area in 2008. We used to have a different artificial tree, but we divested ourselves of that when moving out of the bay area because we figured it would be cheaper to buy a new one than to store the old one (which was true for many of our worldly possessions).
Our tree is non-denominational, but I continue to be amused by the two old Jewish snowmen on top (constructed on a whim at one of Loren‘s holiday parties years ago):
We’ve also been collecting a new ornament each year since 2002 to commemorate our togetherness:
I’m pretty sure this came from another of Loren’s crafty decoration parties.
No idea where we got this one, but it does celebrate my Irish heritage.
We couldn’t find a satisfactory ornament until we located this free gift which had come with a Monopoly money clip we’d ordered for our wedding. Win!
Hallmark’s Wrath of Khan ornament, because I am a huge nerd.
A digital photo frame running a slide show of selected pictures from our 2008 road trip.
We rescued this misfit pinecone-hedgehog from Target and gave him a custom-made sash.
Placeholder for this year, acquired at Geek the Halls; we’ve since decided to replace it with a still photo frame. Stay tuned for updates!