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For the first time in several years, my husband and I hosted Thanksgiving at our house. It was small by our family’s standards, with eight people total. However, we all fit at the table and I didn’t have to rearrange … Continue reading

The Perfect Marriage

I should be talking about the fact that this is 12/12/12, the last time we will see perfect symmetry in the calendar system this century. But I’m not. I bet, based on the title, you think this blog might be filled with tips to keep a marriage fresh, don’t you? Again, nope. That is not what’s on my agenda for today. I hope I don’t disappoint you, but it’s today is actually about holiday decorations.

You see, my husband and I have been married for 23 years. That’s about how long I’ve been collecting a menagerie of pieces for our Christmas village. This is my thing. And each year, as I unwrap each box, it’s like visiting old friends.

My husband always supports my interests. To be honest, though, I know he doesn’t much care about little inanimate village pieces and people. Not like me. I don’t name them, but they are still characters in my Christmas story and I write it fresh every year.

What my husband is passionate about (besides me, of course) is trains. Full size OR toy size. (Please don’t tell him I called his trains toys.) It took us 20 years to figure out how to join these interests.

 Behold…the new and improved Christmas Village. marriage1My houses, my little ceramic people, my trees. His track and trains. It’s not to scale, but it’s so much fun for both of us now to set it all up. We play like kids.

It’s the perfect marriage.