Little Christmas on the Homestead
Haines, Alaska

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We celebrated our first Christmas in Haines in 2005. We spent Michelle and Aly's Christmas break at the cabin that year.

We didn't have much daylight, but the weather stayed extremely mild. We did have some snow, especially toward New Year (it's in the background photo). We took advantage of the warm weather to move in a lot of supplies and goods, some by canoe but mostly hauled over the trail, including two new rugs, an easy chair, and pieces of a new woodstove. We averaged at least one round trip between Mud Bay and the cabin each day.

Aly supervises canoe loading from a Mud Bay vantage point.

Since we'd already put up our regular Christmas tree in Juneau, we settled on a Christmas branch for the cabin. The wind blew a lot, so the generators provided power to use Christmas lights on the branch and around the cabin entryway, and to play Christmas music.

Mark tries out the new rug for comfort while Aly rests up for the next game of dominoes.
Hauling in the easy chair was a little inconvenient, but the cats were pleased that we went to the effort for their sake!

Dinner on the Winter Solstice.

So, what did we do when we weren't hauling in gear?

We made music.

We played dominoes. We didn't get a photo of her version of Stonehenge, unfortunately.

Christmas morning.

We also hiked, visited neighbors (including a great party Christmas night) read, and cooked. Michelle made Christmas dinner on the woodstove, complete with roast duck and plum pudding.

Spice (l) and Lissa (r) sit quietly, patiently waiting for The Magic of Christmas
to make the duck fall off the counter.

Not the most exciting Christmas, but a very, very good one. We will remember this one fondly for years to come.

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