Hoda’s pretty proud of her little Christmas tree. And she loves it so much she’ll probably just keep it till it’s reduced to a stick in water, surrounded by a pile of needles on the floor. KLG is skipping the tree tradition again this year, embracing the simpler-is-better philosophy.
KLG: Her bush?
HK: You don’t need to talk about that. Again. You always have to make everything dirty.
KLG: I was talking about that tiny tree you have.
HK: Look, I like that tree. It makes me happy. And I’m not taking it down till after I’m back from ringing in the near year at the Rose Parade in California.
KLG: You have to do it before then. It’s a fire hazard!
HK: I don’t care. I love it. And I’ll just vacuum it up off the floor when I’m back.
KLG: No, you won’t. You’ll leave those needles there forever, too.
HK: Even if it’s just a little bit alive, I like it there.
KLG: It brings her comfort and joy.
HK: Did you have a favorite ornament growing up?
KLG: My parents had this beautiful nativity scene ornament from when we lived in Germany that I loved. I think my mom still has it, or she’s given it to my sister. She gets everything.
HK: I remember things we made in school and how exciting it was to watch them hang on the tree. Right now I have nothing on my tree, just some lights and balls.
KLG: Because nothing says Christmas like balls.
NOEL AND NO WORRY IN FLORIDA
The Sunshine State is about to get a little sunnier — we’re both heading to Florida for Christmas break. It’ll be time well spent with family, chasing the sun and enjoying the gifts of time spent with the people we love.
KLG: We do the same thing we’ve been doing for 20 years we go to our place in the Florida Keys and we are barefoot and not pregnant the entire time. I will be someplace warm and my children will be with me. And loved ones and that’s all anyone my age really wants: peace on Earth. And peace begins at home!
Of course, listening to my own music helps and now that I have Amazon Echo I can just play them all day long.
HK: I’m going to Florida with my mom and my sister. We’re just laying low, eating, drinking, walking and sunning.
GIVING UP ON GIFTS?
To gift or not to gift, that’s the big question. Some families love piles of presents under the tree, mountains of wrapping paper marking a successful holiday haul. Others keep it simple, exchanging just an item or two. Here’s what we’re doing:
HK: My family and I decided we weren’t going to exchange, just gifts for my nieces Hannah and Ella. Joel and I will exchange something — but we’re not doing a big thing.
KLG: Did you get it yet?
HK: I did! I got him — and this is going to sound stupid — but he used to love “Easy Rider,” so I got him a framed poster. It’s from his childhood, I don’t know. He used to have the poster in his room when he was a kid. And I’ll get him something else, too.
KLG: I’m not into the gifts.
HK: Well, you are into the GIFFT … as in Gifft wine.
KLG: And that’s a gift for us all! But years ago, when my kids were younger, a friend gave me great advice about how to keep the present-giving manageable. She said give the kids three gifts, just like the Baby Jesus. But truly, the older I get, the less I want.
We’ve got some holiday season wishes for ourselves and for you, too.
LET THERE BE PEACE
HK: I think if people just did one kind act, just inject someone with kindness, things would be a lot better. If each one of us does one act a day, well, that’s what I would wish for. That we could all share kindness with each other.
KLG: What I wish for myself is what I wish for everyone else. It’s been a tumultuous year for many, many people. It’s been divisive and corrosive on our culture. And I wish for peace to reign in people’s hearts. And I wish they could know that God is still in control.
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