Saturday, January 03, 2015

A few observations

1. Combining three or more cultures at Christmas time means a crap-ton of traditions and food.
New Years Eve Guatemalan Tamales deferred since Christmas Eve;
Ukrainian New Years Day feast.  That's right, 2 meals.

2. It also means an exhaussting amount of gift giving.  December 6th's St Nicholas Day (my childhood tradition), December 19th St Nicholas Day (Ukraine), December 24th (Guatemala, America), December 25th (America), December 31 (Guatemala, America), January 1 (Ukraine), January 6 (Ukraine).  The are not enough nail polish colors and Lego sets to cover it all.

3.  Loss, grief, homesickness, disappointment at missed expectations, frustrations at chronic disappointments, and general mood are all MORE at this time of year.

4. Magic still occasionally happens.



5. Fish are a complicated gift.

6. Girlfriends are like oxygen to teenage girls.  We all need someone we can talk to effortlessly.  I barely survived week-long family vacations without my girlfriends at this age.  Not to say I don't now see it as a bit dramatic (oh, it is.  Sorry mom and dad.) but it's the way girls work.


7. Eating comfort foods of another country can be eye-opening.  And stomach turning.

8. Four year olds never ever ever stop.  Talking, moving, asking questions, eating, climbing--incessant.

9. Lists feel like failures without 10 items.

10. Routine is our friend.  Chaotic 2.5 week vacations are not.

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