Santa is at the mall. He poses with children. I have a child. She looks cute in red sweaters. Her parents are ambivalent about Santa. This is kind of where we are, right now?
1. Santa was a lot of fun, and it did not actually bum me out a lot when I found out, and I was damn near twenty.
2. Some kids do not get Christmas presents from Santa because their parents do not have any money, and then they go to school and other kids have presents from Santa.
3. A bunch of kids are Jewish. A bunch of kids are Muslim. Those kids generally still [...]
Until I was about 14 years old, I thought one of my mom’s family’s traditions — the weirdest one — was one that everyone else celebrated, too. I was walking down the hall of my middle school with my friend Jenna the day before Thanksgiving break. “So, ya ready for Pinochle to visit?” I asked.
“Who?” she said, stopping to look at me.
“Pinochle,” I said, rolling my eyes. She stared blankly. “You know, the elf that shows up on Thanksgiving after you eat, and he flies around the windows…?"
“What are you talking about?” she asked with a look that told me everything I needed to know.