Last Winter was a pretty quiet time for us. We had Christmas all on our lonesomes, just the three of us . . . and it was excellent. 1999 was the first Christmas that Soren could really get into, and he made the most of gift opening on Christmas morning, playing with each new toy for a good while after opening it. This made that portion of the day stretch out through the morning and even into the early afternoon, resulting in quite a relaxing and enjoyable time for the parents.
For New Years Eve, we'd planned
to head out for some festivities to usher in 2000, but Soren wasn't feeling
well, so we stayed in and, again, had a quiet, but pleasant time. On New
Years day we took a bit of a walk around in the crisp morning air, and
ended up by happenstance at a commemorative ceremony at Prospect Hill in
the neighboring town of Somerville. On January 1, 1776 the first flag of
the American Colonies was flown at a fort there (there is now a tower built
there in its place -- which shows up in a couple of the pictures here).