My attempt to "do" Christmas this year was going to consist of making some stockings and filling them with a few little things.
Not being with my inlaws this year means we don't have the tree and the presents and the candy and the religion by default.
So there has been no real talk of Santa, but the Monster does like loading up his pillow-sleigh with toys and dragging them around the house "for all the kids". And yesterday he said: "I'm so hungry, I'm going to eat Christmas!"
We haven't really talked about Santa because I can't bring myself to participate in the whole lie/fantasy, but we also don't want him to ruin his friends' delusions/fantasies. I kind of mumble a half-assed version of this, but I can't figure out how to make it coherent with all the prezzies his friends are going to be rolling around in.
Good thing that this age isn't all about solid logic and sound theoretical reasoning.
Back to the stockings.
When I say that I was going to make them, I was clearly a bit delusional. I imagined simple, anti-commercial, much-loved, unique stockings, to be increasingly decorated with cuteness and funkiness as the years went by and our family built our own traditions.
I bought some funky orange fabric when I was in Buenos Aires (see? I was planning and prepared and everything!), and I asked my partner to get me some fabric glue yesterday. (You didn't actually think I was going to sew! I wish I could say that it at least crossed my mind, but no.)
Now, I know perfectly well that it is completely unfair to blame this all on the glue, but that's what I'm going to do. I imagined a glue stick kind of thing, and he brought me a crazy glue kind of thing. Picture a gloppy, stringy, uber-sticky, impossible-to-apply-evenly mess.
I'm sure the stockings would not have lived up to my imagination anyways. But, they are so...wierd...that when I showed them to Macondo Papa we both kind of laughed, snorted, and cackled that This-Is-So-Funny/Embarrassing/Wierd kind of laugh.
Good thing I don't really care that much, and neither will anyone else.
Plus, I impressed myself and totally came through for Chanukah (at the Monster's prodding, I must admit). We made plasticine dreidels, we remembered to light the candles every night, and we even Skype-sang the Chanukah songs with the grandparents.
I still have Three Kings' Day to figure out. What to do about the lie/fantasy about the camels that will come a-visiting for some grass and a drink of water?
Too bad there is already so much celebrating to do. I would have loved to have tried for a fun Solstice celebration, but enough is enough.
One evening in my bilingual relationship:
me: I think we should do stockings for Christmas.
him: You want to spy on someone and follow them around?
me: (ha ha ha ha ha!) That's stalking. This is s-t-o-c-k-ing.
him: You think we should accumulate stuff for the winter, so that we have a stock?
me: Christmas stockings, they're like socks. You hang them from the fireplace, with goodies inside. We could hang them from the staircase.
him: Oh, Christmas sock-y things. Ok, whatever. We can use my socks, if you want.