Random Christmas Crap & Happy Hanukkah!
I only say crap cause that's the mood I am in today.
It really should be "Random Christmas Cuteness", but who wants to read about that?
Yeah, me neither.
But, since you're here....
I was part of Kori's Secret Santa Exchange. So much fun! I had a wonderful SS who did me up right:
Everything arrived in this cute box...
Lots of goodies, including a really cute necklace and box of adorable ornaments! It should be noted for the record that this box of treats also included some m&ms, jelly beans and a copy of People Magazine with many hot men inside. Those items were immediately taken to the bedroom and enjoyed behind locked doors.
So a big thank you to my Secret Santa, Shelly!
On to something else.. (I told you this would be random)... my mantle.
We have a fake tree... hey, it's near a live wreath, so the smell is there. I love our tree, it's a "pencil tree", tall and then, covered in white lights. We got it last year and it was so beautiful without a single ornament that we leave it alone. Sometimes less is more.
I do, however, decorate our mantle. This year, I went with a brown and blue theme.
The picture is crap (see, I knew I'd find a way to work the "crap" in somewhere). In person, it is so pretty. Those cone trees are all brown crystals and that blue bow.. PURE BLUE SEQUENCE. DELISH and DELIGHTFUL.
Here is one a bit closer:
So where are the stockings? On the banister. Candy Man's grandmother made these, how beautiful is mine?
I would also like to mention that my son's PUBLIC , California elementary school has a holiday performance. With Christmas songs and all.. I know, crazy right? They also say the Pledge of Allegiance AND leave the word "God" in it... crazy rebels, I love them for it.
Here are a few pics of that:
When I was growing up, we had as many Jewish kids as Christian kids in my school, and our Holiday performances celebrated both. It was wonderful learning all about Hanukkah, making Dreidels, eating chocolate Gelt. I am so grateful for growing up where different cultures were embraced and differences were not only tolerated, but celebrated.
To all my Jewish friends, Happy Hanukkah!!!
And those stocking are great!
And you got an awesome Secret Santa gift. It's so much fun to receive surprise goodies in the mail.
That's really great your public school is rebelling a little. I like it.
And I love that his PUBLIC school still says the Pledge and sings CHRISTmas carols. Today my husband was telling me how Rick Warren was saying that back in the day tolerance was more of a mutual respect versus something where you have to agree 100% on things. I like that.
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I love the blue on the mantel.
You know, I thought they had stopped the pledge in schools years ago. Until one day I was somewhere and Mercede knew all the words to it and it.
Last night we put the kids in the back of the SUV without seatbelts and carseats and let them just 'flop around' back there and drove through the 'hood looking at lights and decor.
Then wrapped all the gifts when they went to bed. (and numbered them so each will get equal wow factor gift each night of the 8 (anal retentive much?))
Tomorrow we'll make latkes and open presents ..
Yeah for Christmas programs and Dreidels!!
I love that your school had a Christmas program! Truly rebellious.
And your decor, beautiful.
I agree...why can't schools leave the Christmas stuff in and celebrate and learn about the other holidays as well????
Also, I grew up in a predominantly Jewish town and I have to be honest I get super excited for Hanukkah, too! The kids and I have been playing with their Dreidels all week!
I love your mantle. I've seen it in person. This makes me feel both smug and blessed, and I just had to say this in your comments. 'Cause I can. 'Cause I love you. Lots.
Hope you have a wonderful Holiday season
My son also learned about Kwanzaa at his public school - not something I was ever privy to. He taught me all about it -very cool.
Love your mantle. And the stocking - perfect!
Cute pictures. I didn't see him during the show. Wasn't it sooooo cute when they stamped their feet and turned to the side at the very end?
What's tall and then?
Love what your Secret Santa gave you..pretty cool.
have a great Monday
And I love your mantle! Very classy and eclectic ... I love it. I always try to pull off stuff like this but just don't have the knack or the eye. And now that my husband has hung the TV over the mantle, I have no room either!
I love that your school did a Christmas program. My son's class re-enacted the Christmas story. He was a wiseman, and I loved it.
Have a great night.
The mantle looks fantastic and that pic was not crap ;)
Have a beautiful holiday!
You totally scored on the exchange. Even the box rocks.
Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad from Colombia!
That is awesome to hear about your son's school. I think it benefits kids to have varied and different experiences.
You certainly lucked out with a great secret santa gift...and I agree, even the box rocks!!!
New to Sits,
Happy Holidays (and all that crap).