Okay. Perhaps that is a tad bit premature since we have not yet reached the New Year, but Hanukkah and Christmas are behind us. The money has been spent, limited crafting and almost zero baking has been done, the tree was put up and taken down and we are all still standing....to summarize I give you the Kargas Family's Holidays by the numbers:
24 Hanukkah gifts for 3 kids
Only 1 ornament broken in the annual "mom-I didn't mean to do it" tradition
7 cousins 9 and under gathered on Christmas Eve
1 Christmas meltdown by an overtired 6 year old.
6 bottles of wine consumed over 2 days.
Zero latkes made, Zero latkes consumed
22 times reading How The Grinch Stole Christmas
1 time reading Curious George Celebrates Hanukkah
20 Million times I have sung the two lines I actually know of Wham's "Last Christmas" over and over again in my head.
6 hours spent wrapping gifts
11 minutes spent unwrapping gifts
3 hours spent cleaning up after unwrapping gifts
1 trip made to the somewhat creepy "North Pole" in Colorado Springs.
Zero returns or
Zero visits to see a bored questionable old man sweating in a hot red suit and a phony beard at the mall.
1 container of the obligatory eggnog consumed
3 Pajama-Jamma-Jammy Parties ( 9 and under only!)
1 adults-only holiday party
2 hangovers the next day
1 (my first ever!) Kate Spade handbag received on Christmas morning.
1 viewing of The Nutcracker with all of my boys
1 3 year old pooping his pants in the middle of that Nutcracker performance
2 Parents who forgot a change of clothes for the 3 year old at that Nutcracker performance
1 half naked kid carried back to the car in the snow by 2 sheepish parents after that Nutcracker performance.
1 giant vat of Christmas Glug prepared
153 photographs taken.
Not 1 picture captured where all children were actually looking at the camera at the same time
6 Lego sets
3 chemistry sets
1 Mario Kart Wii game
1 500 piece jigsaw puzzle
3 packages of colored pencils
1 Nerf Gun
1 Basketball Hoop
3 Kids whining "there is nothing to do!"
1 Mama happy to say a fond "Adios" to Christmas/Hanukkah 2014
1 Family of 5 feeling lucky and blessed as we welcome 2015!