Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Celebrations

We've started the discussions with the boys about the difference between Christmas and Channukah, and how some families celebrate one or the other, and some familes celebrate both. (It helps that our friend C's family is in the same boat, with a Jewish and Christian parent.) Mum celebrates Channukah, and Daddy celebrates Christmas. We're not really emphasizing the religious nature of the holidays yet; the kids handle Spiderman and Daniel Tiger fairly well, but I'm not sure that they're ready to conceptualize Jesus yet.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, I busted out the holiday decorations for the first time since 2007. In 2008, we were in the hospital for most of December, so I didn't put up lights. In 2009-2011, we were living with Grandma & Grandpa, and one does not put holiday lights up at someone else's home without an invitation. The boys helped me untangle the lights, test them out, and put them on the bushes. The Boy helped me put up my poor, old 6-foot inflatable snowman, who stands with a permanent bow right now. The ivy around the walls at the base of my yard make a great place to put the icicle lights.

Two days later, The Boy was playing school with Mum and brothers. He decided to teach about Christmas. "Christmas is when you put up pretty lights on the outside of your house, and there's a tree, and people sing songs." That's all he knew about it, mostly because we haven't broached the whole Santa Claus thing with them yet, either. The Boy recognizes pictures of Santa, because they're all over the place; we just haven't discussed it with him.

Next weekend, The Boy, Little Bear, and I will drive to New Jersey to spend a hybrid Thanksgiving / Christmas with my father and my brother's family. It's going to be a lot of fun, and they're REALLY looking forward to it. The Baby and The Wife are staying home; she's working Friday night and Saturday morning and teaching on Sunday morning, so she's out of commission for the weekend. The Baby just isn't old enough to travel without her. More on this next week, I'm sure.

Hannukah starts tonight, so Good Yuntif for those who celebrate it. I'm taking all three boys to the Tot Shabbat tonight by myself; The Wife is singing in the grownup service tonight and tomorrow morning. Then, tomorrow afternoon & evening she's in rehearsal and performance; Sunday morning, she teachers; Sunday afternoon & evening she's in rehearsal and performance.

It's a Daddy & Boys type weekend, which is exciting. I'm looking forward to it. Tomorrow morning, Toy Lending Library. Tomorrow afternoon, Tuba Christmas. Tomorrow night, Mum's concert. Sunday morning, Hannukah celebration festival and Rodef Shalom. Sunday afternoon & evening: unplanned as of yet. Considering that it's supposed to rain all weekend, I'm thinking we might go to My Little Outback. We'll see.

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