Holiday Comforts

standard November 28, 2011 1 response

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When I converted to Judaism the panel of rabbis who convened to see if I was “ready” asked me to do two things. First, I had to promise to raise my children in the Jewish faith. Second, I had to give up Christmas.

The first item was a no brainer, I’d already planned on that. As for the second, if I’d been able to say yes with my fingers crossed behind my back I would have. Instead I opted for explaining to them why Christmas was non-negotiable.

I must have been convincing because they let me into the tribe without making me give up my most important family tradition.

I wasn’t kidding either. When the turkey dinner draws to a close I do a little inside dance because the countdown to Christmas is officially on.

Little white lights, fir trees, wrapped presents, and a whole week with my family, thinking, talking, and eating amazing food.

I love everything about Christmas. I love the gift buying, hunting down the ideal present for people I love. I love the smells and the joy that permeates the air. I even love the music. (No, really. I have a Pandora Christmas station. I kid you not.)

And why do I love Christmas so much?

Easy, all that joy, all that cheer, all those presents, tinsel, lights, and ribbon, they all lead down to the morning when we all gather together, my husband, my sisters, my brother-in-law, my mom, and all the kids, everyone on their coziest jammies, around the glittery tree, with hot tea in hand, and let the joy and excitement wash over us.

I don’t care what the year has in store for us. I just know that when that morning rolls around I’ll be warm and happy inside, surrounded by the people I love most making their happiest noise.

It doesn’t get more comforting than that.

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Generational Christmas Tree

standard December 23, 2010 5 responses

We gathered tonight, little cousins in pajamas, parents with cameras and wine glasses, to trim the tree with ornaments collected over the years starting when my sisters and I were babies ourselves.

Ornament from my sister’s first Christmas.
One of my favorite childhood ornaments.

The collection has grown over the years as our mother diligently added one or two every Christmas.

Sometimes the old ornaments are joined by newer counterparts.

And then there are just the ones we all love without remembering when or how they appeared.

For the first time, this year C added her own ornament to the mix. She carried it all the way to Chicago, clutching it in her feverish hand on the plane even as she slept off the effects of her 24hr stomach bug.

When all the ornaments are jumbled in the box it never looks like much. But as they come out one by one a magical transformation takes place. All the stories and memories come together and weave a tree that’s worthy of another year of Christmas memories.

The next Christmas hurdle

standard December 15, 2010 3 responses

I am proud to report that I’m making amazing headway on the Christmas gifts.

I’ve bought M two more presents.

Ok, ok. I also bought gifts for my nieces and nephew, my sister, and my own girls. So, you see, I’m right on track.

Now all I have to do is find some serious winter-wear for everyone because my sister keeps calling to report the current temperature in Chicago. It always takes a moment for me to realize that she’s talking about Fahrenheit and not Celsius. And then I just get scared. Because, dude? Zero or ten are scary numbers when they refer to temperatures. Especially for this little Californian family.

And in the meantime we’re doing what we would have been doing last week if I’d been better organized. Addressing these… and mailing them out to our friends and family.

I’ve been neck deep in the holiday season for well over six weeks now, but it’s finally starting to really feel like Christmas. Christmas for fun and for family rather than work. It’s going to be awesome.

The Annual Christmas Sneak-up

standard December 13, 2010 2 responses

You would think that working in a company that is intensely focused on the holidays that I would have it all under control.

I don’t.

I didn’t order my holiday cards until last week and I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’ve only bought two Christmas presents. Both are for my husband.

No, really. We leave for Chicago in 10 days and I have bought exactly… nothing.

Even worse, I have barely perused the lists that have been sent to me.

Hi, my name is Jessica. I sell Christmas cards for a living, but I am failing at Christmas.

Now who wants to bet that the credit card company gives me a call later this week because they’re concerned about the increased activity on the card? Because, without getting off my couch, I’m going to attempt to work my way through all the lists and through all the awesome gift ideas I have. Here’s hoping that the weather in Chicago doesn’t throw a wrench in all the last minute shipping I’ll be doing.

Seriously, sometime in early November next year someone remind me that this happens to me every single year? K? Thanks.

See? I really do sell cards! You can see me hard at work in this ABC 7 news clip!