The Lamb family has been getting our home ready for the holidays. The girls are both out of school from December 20th, and not back until January 14th. Shopping in Shanghai for holiday items has gotten easier over the last year. Shanghai has the greatest concentration of Expats in China, especially from the US and Europe. Lots of European sweets and cookies, nutcrackers and dried fruit cakes are for sale right now.
We decorated our Christmas tree with all our old traditional ornaments. Many made by Emily and Katie over the years, and even some that Chris brought with him from Vermont long ago. We have a real live tree that came in a pot last year, and we are using it again. It may be small, but it's sweet.
We will have friends over on Christmas for dinner. I was able to buy a pre-baked ham, and I'm making the side dishes. Our oven and kitchen is not big enough for me to make it all. We are lucky that we have met so many nice families and friends here. But we still miss California and everyone back home.