As usual, I have no update worth reporting, so I'll merely fill space with some holiday notes: The kids and I officially begin our holiday season this coming weekend, marked by the annual Kinderconzert at Tosa West high school. The Kinderconzert is a fundraising event for the Tosa West orchestra. The kids get to visit Santa, experiment with real violins and other instruments, make crafts, eat snacks, and watch the orchestra perform a short concert featuring all the fun, traditional Christmas songs. We've gone every year since moving to Wauwatosa over eleven years ago. After the Kinderconzert, we buy, set up, and decorate our Christmas tree. It will be a lot of fun and the kids are looking forward to it.
This is also the time of year I begin watching the library of Christmas movies we've acquired over the past 15 years. I jumped in with both feet this past weekend and tortured myself by watching "Love, Actually" while I wrapped some of the kids' Christmas presents. "Love, Actually" is an intelligent and charming (but R-rated) movie that weaves together various interrelated story lines--each illustrating a different kind of love: the love between spouses, the love between friends, the love between a parent and child, etc. If you give any credibility to my endorsement, then I recommend you only watch it with someone you love--or with someone you want to make fall in love with you by the end of the movie. It has that effect . . .
Jeff's favorite Christmas movie (and perhaps also his favorite movie of all-time) was It's a Wonderful Life. I look forward to watching it for its obvious analogies . . .
Well, it's very late and I'm tired, but I wanted to post something--anything. So, I'm sorry this is short and indiscriminate. I'll try to come up with something really noteworthy for next time! Until then . . .