Holiday Fun Follow-up – Christmas Eve 2011

Christmas came and went so quickly again this year, and we had a wonderful, wonderful time. I thought I enjoyed it as a kid, but experiencing it as a parent is a million times better! We get to enjoy some of the traditions I had growing up, and then we’ve made our own that make our celebrations all the more special.

What a dapper little fellow!

Cousin “rasslin'” as they say in Iowa!

Grandma with her two youngest grandkids!

And look over there! Here’s another one!

Babies playing by the tree

Santa made a very special visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s house

Here is Santa giving Alex some chocolate coins for being a good boy.

It’s hard to fool this one…he kept on wondering where Uncle Jimmy went!

This one loved the Christmas Eve cavatelli from Gino’s!

And, she liked sitting on Santa’s lap

The calm before the storm…

Three glasses clinking…

Cheers – Christmas is almost here! For a change of pace, since little G is sleeping upstairs and A is sitting shirtless in the TV room watching “Prep and Landing” (long story, well actually, I don’t know the story, because at some point today while he was playing with his cousins, he lost his shirt. I never did find it before I left, and I just had him zip up his coat on the way out!) I featured yours truly demonstrating what I will be doing later on tonight with my mom and two sisters. I picked Tagalog because, well because I’m running out of languages and only have two more days. Drink up!

Mama Mia!

Mama has been super busy today and didn’t have time to be especially clever. With only FOUR days until Christmas, she’s in the final stretch of present-buying, elf-hiding, child-cajoling, gift-wrapping and cheer-spreading. Throw in a 4:45 a.m. wake-up call for bootcamp class, a shift at the Y’s child care area, a holiday lunch party, teleconference meeting and minor hiccup, and it’s been a full day, with plenty more to follow!

Arrivederci, amici, I must go and finish!


“He” means five in Hebrew
It’s sundown, so it means it is the first day of Hanukkah! In honor of this, we are counting down in Hebrew tonight. Greer is with her friend, Mr. Matzo, a toy that I got in Chicago at a Walgreens a long time ago as a joke. I thought it was kind of cute and funny that a piece of unleavened bread was turned into a stuffed toy, probably because a Catholic version would be Mr. Communion Wafer! Which of course, would never get made because it’s probably a mortal sin or something…
I know matzo is associated more with Passover, but I don’t have anything else in the house! That takes me back to The Bagel restaurant in Lakeview and the awesome mish-mash soup, cinnamon rugelach and all of the other delicious Jewish comfort food they had…yum.
I told Alex that Hanukkah started tonight and he told me that they got to play with dreidels and learned all about the menorah and candles at school. He was surprised when I started to sing the “Dreidel Song”, but of course, I only knew the first verse, and as I found out, so did he!

Happy Hanukkah, everyone!