I went back and forth a lot about whether to decorate our home for Christmas. The thought of dragging our huge tree out of the attic and decorating it purely for my own enjoyment seemed a little bit silly. After Thanksgiving, though, Brian convinced me to break out the holiday cheer. I compromised with him and bought myself a tiny 3' tree to at least display some of my favorite ornaments, including this year's - a globe to commemorate the Christmas we spent 7,500 miles apart. (The pretty quatrefoil ornament is this year's bonus ornament from Harry Potter World.)
Christmas was different without Brian. I took exactly zero pictures of the festivities as I ran around from house to house, visiting with both of our families solo. It was another time when I know Brian's absence was glaringly obvious to everyone, as it is for me every day. I expected a lot more sadness, but the holiday was still filled with lots of love and laughter. Christmas Eve marked the halfway point of Brian's deployment, and I am so thrilled to have passed this milestone. I can't wait to begin the countdown to welcoming him back home.