We continue celebrating advent together; this week was mostly about decorating, as we gathered together to (4) hang lights, (5) decorate the cast iron tree over the fireplace, (7) bring in pine boughs, and (8) put out the Santa statues (pictures of that below). We sported our fun Santa hats at every step, with J-son rocking a striped version he loves and commandeering our only pair of Christmas socks. I-daughter, living a half-mile away, tells me she played along at home, plugging in her Christmas lights right on schedule.
We also (6) celebrated St. Nicholas day by donating money to a local charity, and then (9) introduced Baby-A to the joy of of rolling out and pressing Springerli. Well, except that Baby-A wasn't as joyful as the rest of us were, because she just wanted to eat the raw dough. She doesn't yet realize the pleasure of waiting until the cookies are so brick-like that they click when you tap them on the table. Kids these days!
N-son got to visit an army recruiter this week, and he has an action plan for moving forward on enlisting (although that is very far off, if indeed it can actually happen). J-son got to hang with some of his boxing friends, both at their houses and at ours. K-daughter has been teaming up with friends to collect hats and scarves to give to people who don't have them. My husband rode his bike to Philly yet again (sheesh). And me, I finished teaching for the fall semester -- exams next week!