We had a lot of Christmas this year.
It officially started with the Christmas Eve Children’s Service, in which Sunny played a Cabbage Patch Doll, and I played the Voice of a Cabbage Patch doll. Sunny didn’t like the doll’s outfit, so we dressed her in a strapless gown filched from Sunny’s American Girl doll, on the theory that she has such an extensive wardrobe, she wouldn’t miss it. The gown matched the color of Sunny’s own Christmas dress.
Unfortunately, Cabbage Patch dolls aren’t built to wear strapless gowns and Sunny wasn’t overly careful about sitting like she was wearing a skirt instead of jeans, so I spent a good deal of time pulling the doll’s dress up and Sunny’s dress down.
Jane was Mary, and wore a beautiful blue scarf that she hadn’t because it covered the peacock streaks in her hair, which she was secretly hoping would impress the boy playing Joseph. She doesn’t like him in that way, Mom, Jeez! but it was still disappointing.
I was wearing my usual green polyester choir robe, which covered all sins from the neck down.
Can I get an Amen?
The next morning was sheer chaos, but it started after my first cup of coffee—
there are benefits to having children who are too wound up from late dinners and the prospects of Santa to go to sleep before eleven—
so I didn’t care.
Luckily, this year’s holiday madness included my brother-in-law’s girlfriend, who is a terrific photographer, so most of it was documented a lot better than in previous years, which, as some of you might recall, tended to feature my photobombing thumb.*
We upheld many venerable traditions,
. . . which this year also meant things made out of awesomesocks, from the kits Mom gave both kids.
There were favorite presents.
And Reindeer Games.
We even introduced a new tradition, we hope:
The Wesson Christmas piñata.
How was your Thursday?
*Those of you with discerning eyes—or just, you know, eyes—will be able to tell which ones are hers and which are mine. Even if I had a quarter of her talent (nope) my phone app is no match for her professional-grade camera, with special lens attachment. And she also gets up and moves around for shots, which I also do not.