The 1-1/4 feet tree is up and it is sparkly, good thing. We happen to have two very dear friends named Lesley, both Jewish! (They also happen to both be designers and have famous relatives, crazy.) Brooklyn Lesley is flying here to spend Christmas with us. Paris Lesley visited us this weekend and helped trim the tree—I did the lights and she fabricated the star, while K put together a presentation and had to listen to our giggly selves. Now if only I can get one of the Lesleys to make one of my most loved dishes—KUGEL! Side note: Gumdrops do not really exist here, no one had even heard of them. Thanks to Anna-Marie’s research, they were found at Mrs. Kibbles sweet shoppe by the name of American Gums. Also, if your tree is larger than this, stick with stringing popcorn, trust me.