When did the chocolate Christmas calendars turn to 32 days of chocolate holiday calendars? What are we counting down to exactly? Is it New Year's? Then why not call them New Year's Calendars? Should we who want to count down to Christmas start a week early in November? It's just a bit annoying, so 3 days after Christmas I told my kids to go for eat, eat the rest of the chocolate and be done all ready.
One of my favorite treats at Christmas time are these Candy Cane Kisses. They remind me of those party mints, you know the pale pink/green/yellow treats made with white chocolate. Which in turn reminds me of my grandparents. My dad's parents used to send us a box of those at Christmastime when I was a kid. Just a sweet memory for me.
This is the first year of many that I haven't run a Christmas concert (or 2). I earned a reputation as being a classic concert type of music teacher. My theory is that most people want to hear their kids sing something familiar and nostalgic. I've also quite enjoyed the Christmas around the world theme to concerts. One thing my students learned not to ask is if they could perform the 12 Days of Christmas. They thought I didn't like the song. That's not quite true. I do like the song, I just can only take so much of it. Remember that I start on their Christmas music back in November and two months of it is too much. Only once in recent memory did I let a group perform this one and it was a grade 8 extra group of students who weren't taking music but still wanted a spot in the show. It was pretty funny they way they did it, but I only worked with them a few lunch hour practices before the concert. Here's proof that I actually do like the song. Yesterday, I heard two versions of it while driving. The first is my favorite get me in the Christmas humor version, the second is new to me, they both had me smiling!
Jeremy: "Olivia told me in her baby language that she doesn't want her Timbit, she wants to share it with her big brother Jeremy"
Jeremy (on discovering a small blemish on his face): "Oh no, I'm growing a whisker!"
Elijah (after hearing Jeremy cry and complain that he didn't get a blue cup for his milk) in a somewhat irritated, angry tone: "Here! but I'm not switching cups because you cried about it, I'm switching because I love you!"