Remember when I posted this a while ago, and mentioned that Calvin was becoming Santa? Yeah, well, we're deep in it now. The craziest thing about it, is that we don't "do" Santa here. We mostly celebrate Solstice--feasting, and exchanging gifts with each other, and giving to the Earth.Though we do celebrate with extended family around Christmas Day, we've never talked about Santa, never had gifts from him, etc....and I've never hyped Santa up as "real" (yes, you could call me a scrooge. Go ahead. But trust me, our holidays are plenty magical around here anyway.). But this year, he's discovered Santa as yet another acting role to perfect. And like all the many roles before Santa, this one is complete with drawings of the costume "design," handmade costumes (by him...and some by his "professional sewer" as he actually calls me), props, a set, and a performance (Ezra as the sort-of-sleeping child, the nearest unlucky dog as Rudolph, and I as the audience, thankfully this time around). He stays in character all. day. long. Quite fun.
Did I mention that part of his "performance" involves standing at the end of the driveway, and waving to passerbys--giving out a "ho ho ho" and a shake of the belly every once in a while? It's cute here in my parents' idyllic neighborhood, but at our house--on a major road with mostly industrial traffic--it's, well, pretty funny.
Today, we'll be busy making fluffy cuffs and a few other things for his suit-- in preparation for a family party tomorrow at which he's planning a grand entrance as Santa (so grand that he hasn't been able to sleep for days with the excitement). If I haven't bored you to tears already with all of this talk of my sweetie, I'll post a final Santa picture this weekend (I'm hopeful the fairies are coming early with my camera!).
Oh, and he told me today that he's just on "break" from his Knight job, to be resumed after the holidays. Seriously. This kid!