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Happy New Year, 2019!

累計読者数: 64         Recently, my wife asked me: “what are your New Year’s resolutions?” I hadn’t thought about it much, but I decided I should start writing more. I enjoy writing, but I just don’t make the time for it. So no more excuses! This New Year’s resolution: I’m going to write some blogs! How were your holidays (Christmas and New Year’s)? Ours were fun and eventful.     We bought a real Christmas tree. This was the first time we did it in Japan. Have you ever smelled a real Christmas tree? The smell is similar to a pine tree, but I think it’s a little bit sweet at the same time. When I smell this, it really feels like Christmas! When I was a kid in Texas, buying a real Christmas tree was very common. Every year, a large freight truck would drop off hundreds of trees in a large store parking lot. We looked at several trees. We would look at their height (it always had to be taller than any of us children), check their shape (some would have no branches on one side, so the shape could be odd), and then we would try to pull off needles from a branch. We always knew how dry the tree was if a lot of needles came off. If no needles or only a few came off, the tree would look nice and green until Christmas. If a lot came off, then you could […]