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For those who don’t know this, Jewish holidays are based on the lunar calendar and therefore change each year. There’s an old joke that the holidays are always early or late. This year, Hanukkah is early, really early. The first night to light the candles is the 4th of December.

On one hand, it’s nice, because it separates it a little more from Christmas. On the other hand, it means I have to be organized a lot earlier. Thank goodness I got all obsessed with the American Girl ebay stuff when I did (sheer coincidence; I wasn’t thinking ahead to an early holiday), so at least I’ll have that. I’m over ebay, by the way. I swear.

I’m finding the kids hard to buy for this year. I just spent a couple of hours running errands and wandering aimlessly through toy sections in search of inspiration. Mostly, I’ve had it driven home once again that there is an awful lot of crap out there.

I even resorted to asking the kids for ideas, something I don’t normally do. This was Maya’s helpful advice: “Don’t buy me any books. Not one! I’ll be so mad if you give me a book.” I said, “Clearly, you were switched in the hospital nursery with my real child, because those words could never have come out of the mouth of any child of mine.” She also said, “I want more than just American Girl doll clothing, you know.” Yes, thanks so much for the helpful advice.

Asher said, “Get me something good,” like now I’ll cross ‘crap for Asher’ off my list.

Boo helpfully brought over a toy catalogue that arrived with the newspaper a few days ago and said, “I want this, and this, and this. Oh, and definitely this! And this too. I really like this …”

I am reminded of a moment when Boo and I were at the hospital for her eye. The doctor finally arrived, and while she checked out Boo’s blood pressure, ears, and so on she chatted to her. After discussing the elephants in her ears (that one never get old), she said to Boo, “So, I bet you are excited about Santa Claus coming soon.” Boo shook her head and said matter-of-factly, “No.” The doctor said, “Oh, but I’m sure he’ll bring you something good. Doesn’t he always bring you good toys?” “Nope,” responded Boo. I waited for her to go on and explain why Santa disses her so, but she was content with her responses. While it was amusing seeing the discomfort on the doctor’s face, I did quickly explain.

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