One of the nicest things about the last week and a half has been having the Christmas tree stay up in the living room. For the last several years, because we've gone away a day or so after Christmas, we've usually taken the tree down on December 26th. This year, though, because we spend the week "vacationing" at home, the tree stayed up and the pine smell that has filled the house because of it is amazing. Over the last week I've spent as much time as I could sitting near it knitting or reading, enjoying the fragrance. And today, as I went back to doing preparation for an upcoming Bible study, even the more tedious sections of Greek text seem better because I can just take a short breath-break and smell the wondrous Christmasy odor coming from the next room.