Christmas in a Tiny House

Christmas in a Tiny House
Tiny House Christmas
Santa came, he fit down our Kimberly stove!

Here we are, almost four months into our year long trip, but it feels like we left yesterday. This is our first Tiny House Christmas, and Guillaume and I are spending it in the warm south. We’re thinking about exploring an island today – either Hilton Head or Tybee, or maybe we’ll just stay in bed and watch movies. “I’ve never seen Christmas Vacation,” Guillaume reminded me last night. “Never???” I repeated in horror. It’s moments like these I wonder how we work as a couple. But we do.

It’s difficult to buy a tangible gift for someone who lives in a tiny house. And it’s especially hard when you also live in that tiny house. The gift has to be something for the both of you, and usually, it can’t be large.

This year I got Guillaume a moderately large gift. It’s a rock climbing grip he’s been eyeing for months. I carefully measured the area where I thought we’d mount it (the front beam of the loft) when Guillaume wasn’t looking. It’s a beautifully carved piece of wood, and I’m convinced it will look nice there. Plus, I get the added bonus of a muscly boyfriend. Merry Christmas to me!

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Guillaume’s Gift – Rock Climbing Grip

Guillaume managed to sneakily buy me a tangible gift as well. I laughed when I opened it because I remember him disappearing for twenty minutes in the Charleston City Market about a week ago. I thought he was off photographing something. He does that. Nope, he was being a ninja-gift buyer. The gift he gave me was a hand carved puzzle box that fits inside another hidden box shaped like a book. It’s small, beautiful, handmade and can be tucked away easily (but I won’t tell you how to open it. It’s a secret)!

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My Gift – Hand-carved puzzle boxes

I find it amusing, but not very surprising, that we both purchased gifts carved from wood. Building a tiny house, or anything made from wood, really gives you an appreciation for it. We caught the carpenter-fever and, perhaps, we both miss building a little bit.

How would you celebrate a Tiny House Christmas?



  1. David
    March 5, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    I enjoy reading about your adventure. Let me know if you guys decide to come all the way to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). May be for the Olympic Games. Plenty of time to get here…. I know it is a long way. Success in your adventure.

  2. December 26, 2014 / 4:59 pm

    Merry Christmas. I enjoy reading about your adventure and am sad that I missed seeing your house when you stopped in Portland, Maine. Even though we haven’t made the move into our version of a tiny house yet (horse trailer with attached living quarters), we did try to simply Christmas a bit this year. I find the hardest part is dealing with pressure from friends/family to participate in extravagant gift giving. I love my family, but my mother does not understand that we simply don’t need more stuff – even though she is very well intentioned. And soon we simply will not have room for anything new!

  3. Elaine - Portland, ME
    December 25, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Hello, did ya explore an island today? If your still in the area tomorrow, maybe try Hunting Beach State Park. To get there, go to Beaufort SC, then head for the ocean. Nice u crowded beach and. Great trails.

  4. Californian
    December 25, 2014 / 11:18 am

    Joyeux Noël/Merry Christmas from the suburbs of Los Angeles, California! Your little home looks lovely, and Salies looks great in her sweater! Love ‘traveling’ with all of you on your wonderful journey!

  5. December 25, 2014 / 11:18 am

    Merry Christmas to you both! May the rest of your journey be safe and full of adventure!

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