To psych the kids up for Chanukah, Big E's class made the equivalent of an advent calendar out of orange and blue (GO GATORS?) construction paper.
I have had the talk with Big E about not celebrating Christmas. I'm not sure he fully understood the ramifications, but he didn't cry or shout WHY ME!? so I'm feeling pretty confident heading into December.
Big E is obsessed with The Octonauts, a tv show on Disney Junior. The show is doing a Christmas special that they are constantly advertising.
Below is the daily conversation I've been having with Big E.
BIG E: MOMMY, HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL IT IS CHRISTMAS?
MRS. YOY: WE DON'T CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, REMEMBER?
BIG E: BUT CAN I STILL WATCH THE OCTONAUTS CHRISTMAS SHOW?
MRS. YOY: OF COURSE.
BIG E: SO HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL IT IS ON?
I think his main focus is the tv show. But he understands that the show will be airing on Christmas, so that is why he keeps asking about Christmas.
He mentioned to me casually that he was going to ask his teacher to make a chain (aka advent calendar) to count down the days until the new Octonauts Christmas episode airs. I tried to downplay it all and hoped that was the end of it.
Until Mr. Yoy walked him into school today and Big E ran up to his teacher to relay an urgent message.
To recap, Big E asked his Jewish preschool teacher to make him an advent calendar to count down until Christmas.
Yep, he did that.
All Mr. Yoy could do was watch in horror. Like a bad car accident.
Big E's Chanukah count down.