Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Christmas and Hanukkah Kind of Day

Every year, the company where my mother-in-law works hosts a Family Holiday Party. All the employees are invited to bring their extended family for a buffet brunch and a chance to visit with Santa. We love this because we've never needed to stand in the mall lines to see Santa; we just go to the fourth floor conference room at my mother-in-law's company to take care of that particular business.

They always have several costumed characters attending, too. This year, Santa was hanging out near the brunch buffet (he must work up an appetite assembling all those toys). Assisting Santa was none other than Spiderman.

Santa seemed a little perplexed upon receiving Boo's list, which might have been the reason he needed some superhero assistance.

Translation: I am age 8.
1. Ipod
2. a bowling ball
3. a cup shaped with Santa on it
4. a plate with Ms. Clause on it
5. pencils
6. President bobbleheads
7. a notebook
8. a hat with Abe Lincoln on it
(when I say on, I mean a picther)

Nobody puts Spiderman in a corner ...

... except maybe the Grinch, who made an appearance along with Abby Cadabby. (I refrained from divulging the stories behind her birth, having just read all about them in Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street.)
Also there was this ... this ... hawk? falcon? eagle? Whatever this bird is, it is always there. It seems to reside on this balcony. It's gorgeous.

And then we all headed back to my sister-in-law's to celebrate Hanukkah. (The Dean was raised in a family where both Christmas and Hanukkah were celebrated. I was raised Lutheran. We still celebrate both, which fits with our Unitarian Universalist beliefs now.)
We had a huge, delicious feast there of whitefish salad, kugel, kasha and bowties, knishes, potato latkes, and bagels. We lit the menorah, read the kids a Hanukkah story and gave small gifts, and played the dreidel game with chocolate gelt.

Definitely one of the best days of the season.


Anonymous said...

Sounds lovely! I love the contrast of Santa and Spiderman.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Boo's list is so cute! And definitely eclectic!