Category Archives: Holidays

Eight Crazy Nights!

Posted by: Maggie

Yikes, it was a busy weekend. We threw a Hanukkah dinner party for Josh’s family and a holiday party for a few friends, so I’m a little behind on my posting. Sorry!

Here is the belated Hanukkah post, and our house tour will be tomorrow or Wednesday.

December is a present bonanza in our house. First is Eleanor’s birthday then Hanukkah, then Christmas. We decided to do the one present on each night of Hanukkah thing, and just do very small stuff, but I think we’ve changed our minds. Even though it’s small stuff, eight gifts on top of her birthday and Christmas, especially with all the gifts she gets from friends and family, is just too much stuff. So we’re thinking maybe next year we’ll do just a gift on the first night and a gift on the last, or just one on the last night. We’ll see.

But this year it was eight nights and eight gifts.

Night One

For those of you who aren’t of the Jewish persuasion or aren’t Jew-obsessed like me, you can find an explanation of Hanukkah, the candles, and what that extra candle in the middle is doing there, here.

baby doll

Night Two

sparkle shoes

Night Three


Night Four


Night Five

Crayola Color Wonder Toy Story Coloring Book

Night Six

unicorn tshirt & pants

Night Seven

red socks

Night Eight – A Hanukkah Dinner Party with the Gross Family

All sorts of presents – including a cookie monster toothbrush from us (not pictured)

p.s. This gorgeous dress and sparkle headband arrived as a birthday gift from my dear friend Megan who has the best fashion sense of anyone I know. Thanks Megan! You are the best! You can all look forward to some better photos of the dress next week. She’ll be wearing it to Christmas or Christmas Eve celebrations.

Happy Hanukkah everybody!

Fabulous Friday:
Holidays On Ice – A Modern Christmas Tradition

Posted by: Maggie

Yesterday, I asked you all what you loved most about the holiday season. Well, one of the things that I love most is one of our Keegan Gross Family Christmas traditions. For the last three years, Josh and I have been reading the stories from David Sedaris’ Holidays On Ice in the days leading up to Christmas. There are six short stories in the book and we read them aloud to each other, one a night, before going to bed beginning on the 18th (tonight) and finish on the 23rd. (I love being read to and reading aloud myself. One of the best things about having kids, is the excuse to be able to do it daily.)

If you’re not familiar with David Sedaris, you should get familiar. I think he’s my favorite living author. He is just hilarious and witty and sardonic and just too funny to adequately describe. Holidays on Ice is a collection of his stories about the holiday season. None are appropriate for children, which is one of the reasons I love them so much. This is a grown-ups only tradition! So fun! It’s nice, especially now that we have Eleanor, to have a tradition that is just for me and Josh.

Sometimes we listen to David Sedaris read some of the stories himself on This American Life. Here the links if you’d like to listen too:

SantaLand Diaries

Season’s Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!! , Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol, & Based Upon a True Story

While you’re at the This American Life website, I would recommend listening to all of the holiday episodes, just click on the year archive links at the top of the page and you’ll find a holiday episode for every December.

You can look forward to a special Hanukkah post this weekend and then next week is Christmas week! We’ll be starting the week off with a House Tour post featuring our holiday decor and then have a few more posts about the holidays.

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Tree Shopping

Posted by: Maggie

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