A very merry Christmas season to you all!

Here's a handful of Christmas stories for you:

Christmas Story 1
Isaac has a grandma on Amity's side known as Nana.  He's got an aunt on my side named Anna.  The linguistic distinction between the two was always too tough for his little lips.  So they both got called na-na.  This holiday season he finally figured out how to say "Anna".  While his aunt mourned the loss of the cute nickname, we were simultaneously proud of his new phonetic mastery.  ...Until we got to Nana's house.  All weekend he could be heard calling for grandma in the other room... "Anna!!!"  He could not be convinced to call her otherwise.

Christmas Story 2
While having dinner at An-- I mean, Nana's house, my brother-in-law-in-law was in the kitchen.  "Butch," someone called for him.  Isaac's eyes got wide as he pointed and said, "President Bush right there!"

Christmas Story 3
I had made many vain attempts to find "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on the shelf at local video stores.  I felt it my duty to introduce Isaac to this classic.  Finally I gave up my search and rented the Charlie Brown Valentine special instead.  I popped the tape in and much to my horror heard Isaac say as he pointed to the characters on screen, "Rugrats right there!"  Uhgg. Our first taste of "generation gap."  Needless to say, I spent much time convincing him that they were definitely NOT Rugrats until I was certain he had things straight.

Christmas Story 4
Last night we were in the book aisle of Meijer.  Passing by a Rugrats In Paris book, Isaac pointed and shouted, "Peanuts!"  - sigh...

Christmas Story 5

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them.  And they were terribly frightened.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.  For, behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.  For today, in the City of David, there has been born for you a Savior who is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby, wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."  And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among men with whom He is pleased."

...The shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.

Once again, Happy Holidays from the Zenzes.  May the joy of Jesus' birth last you far beyond December 25th!