Monday, December 08, 2008

Stranger than Fiction (aka It's my Blog-a-versary)

You know what they say about how time flies when you're doing stuff? Well, they are not wrong. I had to work this past Saturday, but could not shake the feeling that I was forgetting something. Yes, it was St. Nicholas Day, but it was also my three year Blog-a-versary.

Many things have changed in three years: I quit academia, became a certified English teacher, started a company, dissolved a company, bought and renovated a house, moved, changed the blog's name and look, got pregnant, had a baby and I even baked a few things in between. I have written 343 posts and had about 54,000 visits to the site. Sure it sounds impressive, but realistically the vast majority of those visits were from my mom.

I get tired just thinking about it.

It all started with one little post three years ago. Back then my blog was called "My Euro-American Life." My quandary was what I would tell my child about the contradictory stories about Christmas that exist in Germany and the U.S. (You can read the original post here.) Three years ago I was thinking hypothetically. But now that I actually HAVE a kid . . .

The German and I talked about what we should start telling the Dude about Christmas. We know that it has to be a little logical because the Dude is not dumb. He often gives me this arched eyebrow look as if to say, "What are you talking about??" This is what we came up with.

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus, the son of God, preached a long time ago about peace and love and the equality of men and women. There also exists a spirit of Christmas, St. Nicholas. A long time ago, he gave to poor children in what is now Turkey. Every Christmas hisspirit comes back to give toys to children. St. Nicholas cannot do it all at the same time so he has some helpers, such as Santa Claus. St. Nicholas visits children in Holland in the night on Dec. 5 and brings them presents. He comes to Germany, but only brings little things. Santa Clause goes to the U.S. on the evening of Dec. 24, as well as some other places. In Germany the Christmas Man and the Christ Child visit during the day. You, my little one are very special. You are German AND American. St. Nicolas will come visit and so will Santa Clause. However, they will only bring you gifts if you are a good little boy, kind and helpful.

What do you think? I am not too worried. We have a few years to get our story straight, but I want to be prepared for the assault of questions that I am sure to get.


christina said...

Hey, Happy Blogiversary! I can remember when I first found your blog and I haven't stopped reading since. :-)

Our kids never really worried about the hows and whys of Christmas, they were satisfied with knowing that St. Nicholas comes on the 6th, the Weihnachtsmann on the 24th and Canada Santa (stuff from my parents or something special from us) on the 25th. I mean, who can argue with all those presents?

Rabble Rouser said...

Happy anniversary! Geez when you write it all doen like that you sure have been busy! That list is exhausting :-)

Now with regard to getting your stories straight, I wouldn't worry too much about it. In my experience with kids and the holidays, the one thing they want to know about is the presents. What can they expect and when can they expect it. The hardest part is explaining Christmas movies (why won't my frosty sing?)and mall Santas (I use the excuse they are Santa's secret agents).

I know I like reading your blog and can't wait to read what adventures await you in the upcoming year!

Maria said...

Happy Blogaversary!

Your story sounds great to me. :)

Schatz said...

I don't know for sure, but I think my parent's changed their minds from year to year. We always had St. Nick visit on the 6th - I think we put our boots outside the door at night to find a small gift in them the next morning.

I remember being told that the Christ Child comes Christmas Eve, but I also remember my Opa dressing up as the Weihnachtsmann/Santa when I was seven. [My little brother and I thought it was very strange that Santa borrowed Opa's slippers :)]Your story seems pretty good; I'm sure you'll have it down pat when the time comes...

J said...

Congrats on your 3 years. I'm very glad you started blogging and hope you keep it up.

Anonymous said...

WOW three years, it's hard to believe. Kids really don't care, just as long as they get presents!!!
Love Mom

Snooker said...

Congratulations on the Blogiversary!
I really enjoy reading it, and hope that Mom is cool with you sharing it with the rest of the world.

Carrie said...

Well, I mailed a letter to "Santa Clause" and addressed it to my mother when I was 4, so maybe you won't have to decide on a story. My mother was always disappointed that she couldn't do the "Santa" thing with me, but then again she did hide the presents under her bed. So, pick a better hiding place and you can tell him anything for as long as you want.

I like that story b/c it gives him a little multicultural history folk lore. When he has to do the "Christmas Around the World" project in 4th grade, he'll be set. ;)

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