Thanksgiving is now officially over since we finished off the last of the leftovers for dinner last night. The actual date was a lot of fun, though much smaller this year. (~Only~ 17 people showed up. Last year there were 30.) I made gorgonzola mashed potatoes as a side dish and maple pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Sadly, my spring form pan did not survive and will be buried in landfill in Sacramento. I got to see some relatives that I haven't seen since last Thanksgiving and I got to meet my cousin's son. Kaitlin always likes getting to play with her second cousins. She was so excited on the way up to Grandma's house that she was literally dancing to the car and singing about how great it would be. On the way up she got philosophical. I don't remember what prompted the comment but she said, "Mom, God is dead
." (Insert required Nietzsche joke here.) "Why do you think he's dead, honey?" "Well he was alive a REALLY long time ago!"
Now that Thanksgiving is over we're getting into the Christmas spirit down here. For the first time in three years I think, we're actually getting people Christmas presents. Proper presents too, not just a tube of M&Ms shaped like a candy cane or a box of mixed nuts (for my diabetic father-in-law). We're almost finished buying them and have a nice pile of wrapped presents on the floor in the living room. (We're getting the tree this weekend. We got the tree a little too early last year and by Christmas it was a bit crispy.) I'm really anxious for the stuff I've ordered online to arrive so I can make the pile even bigger. It makes me smile. :D
Kaitlin is apparently learning about other holidays this season as well, because last night she started talking to us about Chanukah and asking why we don't celebrate it. The short answer is that we're not Jewish, but that's not really satisfactory since we're not Christian and we still celebrate Christmas. So we did a short version of What Chanukah is All About (which is similar to most Jewish holidays
). She was bothered by the thought that people would try to kill Jews just because they were Jewish (as she should be!) and protested that no one would try to kill her friend Leo. *sigh* It is really sad to have to explain to your kid that, yes, right here and right now no one would try to kill her friend Leo because he's Jewish, but in other times or other places right now people might. I think the Thanksgiving talk where I let her know that Native Americans are still alive today and didn't all die 500 years ago (not for lack of trying) was less painful. It's hard to know how much detail to go into since she's only five years old, so we switched topics a little and let her know that even though we're not Jewish if she wants to participate in Chanukah then she can buy Leo a present and we can give it to him tonight.
Sunday we went to see Tangled with our old neighbor Lourdes and her son Jimmy, Kaitlin's best friend. I wasn't expecting it to be good, but it was actually a pretty good movie! (Though I'm still annoyed at Disney for making the story of Rapunzel all about the dude she meets. <SPOILERS>And why did they need to have him be the hero at the end anyway? She could have healed him up with her magic hair and then cut it off her own damn self. UGH.</SPOILERS>) Lourdes and Sean still haven't seen HP7 and we've been trying to get a sleepover happening for the kids for weeks which kept getting thwarted by Kaitlin getting sick, so this Friday night Jimmy is coming over so they can catch a movie together and the kids can hang out. I'm not sure what we'll do Saturday morning, but I'm told that in the gourmet ghetto in Berkeley they're going to have snow in a grocery store parking lot for people to play in. That could be fun.