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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

12/13/2009   Comment on This

AHH... the most wonderful time of the year - the holidays.

I do enjoy the holidays like most of you but I have to admit to me sometimes they are more trouble than they are worth. You only know what you know and being raised Jewish it was a low maintenance holiday. You light the menorah, it takes one minute. You throw your kid a small gift and move on. There are eight nights of Hanukkah: one small gift for eight nights. If you were good you may have gotten a "big" gift at the end of Hanukkah. On Christmas, our family went to a movie and then out for Chinese food because that was the only restaurant open at the time.

Merry Hanukkah from Santa PinkerWhen I got married things changed because I married a catholic girl. My first attempt at church was not very successful. I thought the Catholics had it right with the "foot rests". I discovered they were for kneeling purposes and received many dirty looks.

I never quite understood about all of the gifts. Why so much I asked my wife? She just told me to shut up and go along with the program; marriage truly is give and take.

The tree was another concern. I had to schlep that horse in and put it in the round stand? I don't get it -working for the holidays. Then we trim the tree. Careful now, the ornaments are everything.

Shopping for several people beside my family?
What did I get myself into?

Going into debt for a holiday?
Nice.

Things started to turn around when we had kids. To see them walk down the steps with the look on their faces when Santa came was priceless. Bribing them to be good or Santa would not be as nice was a great specialty of mine. I wouldn't trade all of the experiences I had for anything. The bottom line is: appreciate other peoplesí cultures, laugh at yourself along the way and remember no mayo on corned beef kids or I get to laugh at you.

Have a safe fun happy holiday.

 

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