Have a safe trip Rudolph! DearKidLoveMom.comDear Kid,

‘Tis the night before Christmas and we’re off to visit family today.

We accidentally went to the mall yesterday—I had forgotten how much I love the huge mobs of people engaged in last minute shopping. Not. Fortunately, we were able to park (a major accomplishment), get in, purchase, and get out without too much trouble. And without permanent injury.

In the parking lot of the mall we went to, there was a car was set up. The one we saw was apparently an outpost of the main car wash service which was nearer the front of the mall. The idea is to have your car washed, waxed, buffed, and BeDazzled while you shop. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Because we’re so trend focused, I’m sure it will show up in Cincinnati in about 15 years.

It is lovely to walk outside without worrying about mittens and boots. It got a little on the toasty side yesterday mid-day (into the 90s). I assume this is more or less what Christmas in Australia feels like. One of the preschools around here brought in snow for the kids to play in. Unfortunately for the organizers, the kids (quite correctly) identified that snow is cold and wet. The older ones (four and up) were willing to play with it a little, but the younger ones decided to wait for the snow to melt and the world to return to normal.

Merry, merry. Jingle, jingle. Ho, ho, ho. And all that.

Love, Mom