channeling a nantucket christmas

Today I hung the wreaths outside our home. Simple fresh cedar, mixed green and pine wreaths with red velvet bows. Against the grey and white cedar and blue-tinged copper lanterns they reminded me of Christmas back home in Massachusetts. Sure, we live here in Seattle but I am a girl who yearns for the whip of the salty Atlantic sea spray and the accents of the locals (dropping the r's, of course) that assure me that yes, I am home. Home. Just this small act made me feel connected to our family so far away from here.

What do you do that reminds you of family and friends around the holidays?