Wednesday, December 02, 2009

let the festivities begin...

With only 9 more days until Chanuka, I've finally started my holiday shopping. I know, I know... Chanuka isn't supposed to be a big commercial retail fest. But try telling that to my kids who, despite going to a Jewish school, are fully and completely immersed in American culture. At least Sam and Tali are. Tonight, Naomi noticed all of the xmas lights for the first time and I forget that at her age, she's sort of like an amnesiac.

"Mommy!" She squeals as we were driving home tonight. "That house put up all those lights outside. Why did they put those up?"

"Those are xmas lights, Noems. That family celebrates xmas, " I tell her.

"Oh," she says, and then points to another house with lights. "Mommy! They have lights, too! And so does that house! When are we going to put up lights?"

"Sweetie, we don't put up lights. We're Jewish. We celebrate Chanuka."

"So we're not having xmas this year?" she asks.

"We don't celebrate xmas. But it's fun to look at the lights, don't you think?"

"I like the lights," she says, then pauses. "Are you sure we don't have a little xmas in our blood?"

"Yep," I say. "I'm sure."

"That's too bad," she says. "I really wanted some new scissors."

"Guess what?" I tell her. "I have good news for you. You don't need xmas to get new scissors!"

"REALLY?!!" If she weren't locked into her carseat, she'd be out of her seat. "Wow," she says. "I'm going to get new scissors!"

I hope it's always this easy, but I've got a pretty good feeling it's as easy now as it'll ever get...


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Becky said...

Oh Noems! I'm going to find you pink glitter scissors!

Sigh. Are you sure there isn't just a little Xmas blood in there? Yeah, didn't think so.

p.s. you might want to delete Anon's comment... goes to a gross site.

Daisy said...

Scissors? What a simple gift. How about craft scissors that make fun shapes? :)