Christmas in Hubby's Office.

By Leslie Chandler

I work in a school. Surrounded by kids who cannot wait for the holidays to begin. And yet, there is something magical about the kid in all of us. After teaching my last class today, I hopped into the car and met my husband at his office downtown. His colleagues take their Christmas/winter decorations very seriously: it isn’t just a friendly decorating competition, but a sport. Take my husband, for instance. It was decided that his office was going to be transformed into a warming hut complete with fireplace while the rest of the department would become an ice-skating rink. In the office. On the fifth floor. And we think the skating rink on the lawn of our Parliament buildings is impressive. So, as luck would have it, my husband is married to an artist, of sorts. And of course, there is nothing I would rather do on a Friday evening after a week of teaching (and I use that word loosely) 12- and 13-year-olds just before Winter Break than heading downtown to decorate my husband’s office.

So, that was our date night tonight. I have to admit, it was fun! We had already pre-made the fireplace and spent the next few hours creating a log cabin interior and exterior out of paints and paper. The huge smile (of relief) on my husband’s face when it was all done was worth it all! I wonder if he will notice the heart I painted on one of the logs? You know, the one with our initials in it?

Merry Christmas, everyone!