Hanukkah this year was a bright light in the cold, dark Wisconsin winter, exactly as it should be. We had 8 nights of warm, cozy treats and a few minutes to gather, light candles, and exchange presents. I loved it! But! It is really hard to come up with 8 nights of presents for 4 kids, especially with Christmas looming on the horizon. The past couple of years, we have developed themes, and this year was no exception.
Night 1: Advent calendars.
This only worked because the first night of Hanukkah was 12/2. Dorothy and Cooper got toy-a-day calendars (American Girl and Hot Wheels) and dinky chocolate ones. Harry and Jack got big chocolate ones and also fuzzy blankets because December is cold.
Night 2: Ugly Christmas Sweater night(Dorothy got a Christmas dress and antlers, which she lost, and then I replaced them and ended up buying a ton more clothes. OOOOOPS).
Night 3: Pokemon cards(But Harry got a Guinness Book of World Records, so I guess night 3 was more like Random Things From Costco, which, frankly, is a theme I could get behind).
Night 4: 2019 Calendars.A surprise hit, even though that's a dorky gift. Maybe BECAUSE it's a dorky gift.
Night 5: ROBES!
Night 6: A Gift You Have to Share with a Sibling **sad trombone**
Night 7: Uggs for all!Harry and Jack LOVED this night. Cooper felt meh about it. Dorothy HATED IT. Boots? ARE NOT PRESENTS.
Night 8: SIBLING GIFT EXCHANGE
This year, Harry picked Dorothy. Dorothy picked Harry. Cooper picked Jack. Jack picked Cooper. So, from our perspective, shopping was a BREEZE.