Welcome to another fun Saturday Playdate! Today we're playing with Cole from Cole's First Blog. Cole is 15 months old and already a blogger! Yep, a toddler blogger! How cute, right? And he's super cute too! Cole writes all about his adventures, his likes, his dislikes, and even gives his mom and dad a shout out every now and then. He also posts some reviews and giveaways, and I hear he will be starting a Holiday Gift Guide pretty soon.
When you're done here, head over and check out Cole's blog. I'm telling you, he's an awesome writer for just a little guy! Leave him a comment and let him know you stopped by from the playdate. Oh, and tell him that Rylie's cottage is always open. :-)
Hi friends! I've been begging LeeAnn to let me move into her backyard for ages (have you seen their playhouse?) so having a playdate with Rylie and Bryce is almost as good. Mommy doesn't bake or anything, but we didn't want to show up empty-handed, so we brought bagels - I'm not sure you can get a decent bagel in Florida, although we might trade in our NY bagels for sunny skies!
Anyway, grab a bagel and a shmear and let's chat.
The holiday season does not officially begin for me until Santa rolls into town at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Yes, I am Jewish and believe in Santa. So is/does Mommy. Miracle on 34th Street - the real one with Natalie Wood, not the modern remake with that chick from Mrs. Doubtfire - makes a compelling argument.) Anyway, it's not REALLY time for carols yet, but Hanukkah is WAY early this year, so I feel like it's appropriate to start thinking about our holiday traditions.
As you may have guessed from the Hanukkah/Santa paradox, we're not your typical 100% Jewish family - we're more like Jewish light. Same great taste, fewer calories! Except for probably we have *more* calories because we have jelly donuts (a traditional Hanukkah treat) AND Christmas cookies. I seem to have gotten off track here... mmmmmm, donuts.
Grammy Boo (Mommy's mom) is Jewish, and so are Mommy and Uncle Matt - Mommy had a Bat Mitzvah and everything. Coach (Mommy's daddy) is Christian, but pretty secular. They always had a Christmas tree in December, but it had Star-of-David ornaments. A menorah in the kitchen and the tree in the living room - that's December at Grammy & Coach's house.
Daddy grew up in a house that was almost exactly the opposite; Grandpa is Jewish, but Grandma isn't (or probably isn't. maybe she is. there's some confusion about her side of the family, but she wasn't *raised* Jewish at all). Daddy and Uncle David and Aunt Rebecca celebrate pretty much any holiday that comes around, but never went to temple or church or anything.
So our house? is a mish-mosh. We are Jewish - with a mezzuzah on the door and everything... but Mommy still insists on a live tree. We will spend Thanksgiving with Grammy & Coach, light candles in our own home for Hanukkah (and open the bulk of my holiday gifts), and go to Grandma & Grandpa's house for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day where, if I'm lucky, Santa will have left me something.
Would it be weird if our Hanukkah card had a picture of me sitting on Santa's lap?
What are YOUR favorite holiday traditions? :)
Thanks for stopping by for our playdate! I hope you had fun! If you would like to come over for a playdate, let me know in a comment or an email.