This weekend kicks off party season for us which includes, in addition to three or four holiday parties over the next eight days, three 2-year-old birthday parties and a partridge in a pear tree. At some point, I want to pick out a Christmas tree and decorate it (we always get a real one). Drew and I have a tradition — going on four years now I think — where we save our spare change in a jar all year long and then in December we take it to the bank and get cold hard cash that we use to buy a tree and order a delicious Caribbean dinner (that we eat at home after Jackson goes to bed and after we decorate the tree). I make Bailey’s Martinis (or vodka gimlets) and we listen to Christmas music and it’s all very nice and cozy.
Last weekend we started what I hope will be a new tradition — the weekend after Thanksgiving we took Jackson to Chinatown (or, just “China,” as he calls it) to wander around the different markets and cheap toy displays, play at the cool playground, and eat soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai. He loved every second of it, which was a pleasant surprise as these days we always brace ourselves for horrendous public tantrums and meltdowns any time we step outside, and I’m hoping he will enjoy it just as well, if not even more, when we do it again in the future. What traditions do you have this time of year? And what are you up to this weekend?
P.S. Thanks again to all of you who contributed to the Dear Wendy Second Annual Holiday Book Drive! Roughly $1600 worth of books were purchased for 180 students from three different low-income schools. Thanks to the participating teachers for their care and interest in their students. And special thanks to my mom, a veteran middle-school English teacher, who helped Ogo, a first-year middle school English teacher, put together a list of books her students are sure to love.
P.P.S. If you’re starting/continuing/finishing Christmas shopping this weekend, be sure to check out my holiday gift guides for ideas. And if you still don’t know what to buy the impossible-to-shop-for people on your list, an Amazon gift card is a good bet!