Amelie is lucky. She gets two holidays, and that adds up to A LOT of presents. In my family, my brother and I were given a gift every night of the eight nights of Hanukkah. That's one big pile o' goods. After all, as Jewish kids we had Christmas to compete with, so we needed some good ammunition for our friends. ("Oh, yeah? Presents under the tree and in your socks? Well, we get a present every night for eight whole nights!")
When I told my husband about the eight gifts he was suitably horrified by the flagrant consumerism, but he was also a bit excited by prospect that we might just have to continue the excessive family tradition. So we're sort of going along with it. For now.
Here's Amelie wildly shaking pepper over play carrots at her new toy kitchen. She went crazy making eggs, pizza, and soup. It was all we could do to lure her to the table to eat some real dinner.
Only five more nights to go....