If you are lucky enough to have two parents from different cultures and those cultures celebrate different holidays.... well, then you might just get a lot more presents and sweets than other kids.
Our holiday season looks like this:
31 October: Halloween (US, sweets)
11 November: St. Martin (Germany, sweets, fun)
November: Thanksgiving (US, food)
1 December: Beginning of Advent Calendar! (Germany, lots of presents and chocolates)
6 December: Nikolaus (Germany, chocolates, sweets, and presents)
Four Advent Sundays in December (Germany, mainly cake and cookies)
24 December: Heilig Abend (Germany, presents)
25 December: Christmas (US, presents)
What's not to like?
For a bit of holiday feeling, here are our Advent calendars of this year. For those who are anal and counting: yes, there are only 16 presents for the older boys. We do leave for Germany on the 16th and I have the rest of the presents in a little bag for the flight. Because I fly all alone with three boys and we leave at 5:10 am and we have to change planes in Prague.
Jacob's contains 24 nice building blocks from HABA. I am sure he'll pull them all off before a day is over but that's all right. He's too small to understand and if he has fun, that's all I'm asking for.
The older boys, now, they will have to exercise self-constraint.
Hah. Who am I kidding?