The holidays this year were merry and bright. We celebrated Hanukkah for 8 nights (errr... make that 7, as I completely forgot the last night which luckily was totally overshadowed by a piggy blocker-wearing ride around town looking at lights with Gran and Grandpa... whew...). We celebrated Christmas all day and night on Xmas eve and again from sun-up to sun-down on Xmas day. The presents were wonderful and reasonable, keeping the girls in-check and in-line with our thoughts about "stuff", yet providing endless joy and satisfaction. When asked "what do you want for the holidays this year?", Elise's response perfectly represented the de-emphasis on "things" that I hope stays with our family forever. She said: "Momma, I just want everyone to leave the lights up on their houses." That's my girl.
Among the presents that were opened, the girls were thrilled to receive jammies, snow boots, books (they are quite into Olivia and Ladybug Girl right now), puzzles, binoculars for bird-watching, games (Candyland, Hungry Hippos, Chutes and Ladders), a play-doh cake maker, a paper-bag puppet kit, gum, a bird calendar, cozy socks, and wooden patterning blocks. It sounds like a lot, but considering the gifts were coming in from parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends, I feel like we acquired great new activities and projects to enjoy together. Thank you all for making the holidays fab-u-lous.