Thursday, December 09, 2010
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas - Jenna Bayley-Burke
But Christmas meant gawdy ornaments and long wish lists to the mysterious Santa Claus (Hanukkah Harry is a recent invention…and yes, he would totally beat up Kris Kringle). We had to sing about Christmas in music class, read about it in school, and Christmas specials peppered the television. I loved that sparkling, snow globe idea of Christmas.
With our kids, we’ve opted for an ‘any-excuse-for-a-present-or-cake’ approach. This means they have to suffer through a nearly carb-free Passover week, yet the month of December can turn into a festival of gifts. This year, Hanukkah kicked off the month, and with the lead-up to Christmas filled with family events, my kids won’t see three days in a row without being handed some kind of new form of entertainment.
We’ve made a tradition of having family gifts for Hanukkah – one year was a Wii and games, other years have been board games, craft/cooking projects, or restaurant dinners. Relatives bestow what they will, and Santa delivers stockings for Christmas morning.
I think my best holiday memories are the ones I am making right now with my cherubs. There’s nothing quite like candlelight bathtime, baking cookies, or handing out Happy Meals as we drive through the neighborhood looking at the Christmas lights.
Jenna writes classic and contemporary romance with a fun, sexy twist. She spends far too much time on Facebook and promises to blog and tweet regularly next year. (A resolution already!) Look for Private Scandal next spring.
Jenna's contributing her book Compromising Positions to the prize box! To be entered, please send me an e-mail with the clue of DREIDEL!