On Thursday, we had a snow day thanks to a lovely blizzard that blew through Iowa. Even though I worked that whole day from home (actually later than usual) and part of the day on Friday, I'm calling this the unofficial start of our holiday vacation.
Friday, Rykert, Scout and I celebrated a Merry Secular Solstice/ Giftmas with Chinese food and a few gifts. Sometimes Santa Claus comes a little early while good little girls are at day care. We had Chinese for the second year in a row, which begs the question: does twice a tradition make?
|Of course, these $1 Mardi Gras beads in her stocking were pretty much her favorite thing.|
Sunday, we celebrated Festivus. For no other reason, than it was an excuse to celebrate something. My dad fashioned a pole, and during dinner we had the annual Airing of the Grievances. The Feats of Strength occurred throughout the day including my sister arguing with her husband over control of the tv and remote controls and my nieces fighting over the bottom bunk. Donations were made in everyone's name to The Human Fund (money for people).
|Let's hear it for handmedown Christmas dresses and ragamuffin hair.|
And then on Christmas, Santa found Scout again. Lucky girl. We ate a big feast where there was pretty much the perfect amount of food without a disgusting excess of leftovers. Roast beast. After the meal was consumed, the board game completed, and the desserts devoured, we headed to my grandparents for another round of celebration.
I'm thinking I need to make up a few more holidays to stretch the season out even farther. I'm not big on New Year's Eve, so I need something akin to Solstice or Festivus. Thoughts?