However, Siân and Jesse, old neighbors Lee and John, and new neighbors Jamie and Kif came, with their kids Darby, Syd, Espen, and Sadie. We all jammed into our living room, drank wine, laughed and chatted, and listened to Stacey play Christmas carols on the flute. The kids had rather a contentious time as it got late – Stacey and Darby ganged up on Espen and humiliated him about his bathroom behavior. Turns out, there’s already some simmering tension between the two littlest. I suspect that it’s a combination of Espen’s competitiveness and Syd's refusal to be dominated.
We lit the tree with the candles and turned out all the lights, to lots of ooohs and ahhhhs. We really have the sweetest tree this year. It’s a short-needled spruce with a beautiful shape. With all our red and green glass ornaments, white pressed-paper snowflakes, garlands of icicles and the teardrop-shaped glass icicles, it looks magickal indeed. We finally broke down and bought some new white tree lights, too, making the tree look very snowy and handsome.