2006 was a landmark Christmas - Reachel and Andrew had their first really, real Christmas tree. Together they evaluated several potential species of Tanenbaum, before settling on an exquisite Noble Fir with full, fragrant foliage. While sipping Abealita's hot chocolate, the boughs were decked with patisseries, pom poms, sweet onions, and skater girls purchased last January in the seriously discounted after Christmas sales.

In the twinkling shadows of their first real tree, Andrew and Reachel enjoyed the spirit of Christmases past. Andrew remembered his Dad trying to bargain with the carnival folk late in the season to get the best deal on the biggest tree. Reachel recalled lying under the tree, telling secrets to her favorite felt Angel ornament.