Miles away from the gingerbread and roaring fireplaces I would one day hold dear, I spent my first three Christmases sick in the hospital. No one knew why. It could not have been because of the actual holiday—we were Scandinavian-German-American Lutherans after all. The season’s spices of cardamom and nutmeg flowed though our blood. We were born knowing the words to all the carols. My mother owned more Santa figurines than shoes. We chopped down our own tree in the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fourteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 38 Winter Sun Designed by Louis Barthélemy and crafted by Tarek El Safty, these decorative khayamiya marry Egyptian tradition with contemporary art. Arts & Culture Issue 24 Chin Chin Reasons for raising your glass. Arts & Culture Issue 22 Personality Tests: A Brief History From warfare to psych wards to the workplace, Harriet Fitch Little uncovers our long-standing fascination with personality tests. Arts & Culture Entrepreneur Issue 22 Tips: Brainstorming and Contracts Whether you're brainstorming with colleagues or hammering out a contract, taking everyone's viewpoint into consideration leads to the best outcome. Arts & Culture Issue 22 Pattern & Repetition Science writer Philip Ball speaks on the intertwined relations of our brains and the patterns they perceive. Arts & Culture Issue 22 At Work With: Laurent Martin A little more than a decade ago, Laurent Martin defected from the advertising world and retreated into an artist's life in rural Catalonia.