In the meantime, the tree is up! And decorated! And there are cookies and biscotti (thanks to a wonderful recipe from lily--white chocolate and cranberries), and hot toddies with whipped cream!
Things I like about the tree: the mardi gras beads and the random purple garland, nefariously obtained. There are also a couple of pickles and one ornament of a naked boy that reminds us of Italy, but that's a story for another time.
Also, Hedwig. (One of the many perks of living in a fannish household.)
Quite possibly my very favorite ornament:
It's been one of those days. You know the kind. Never mind that, because tonight, at 12:01: The Hobbit. Yes yes yes.