Thursday, December 27, 2012
Fun With Uncles
Somehow we have never managed to document a Fun With Uncles event on this blog. I don't know how this could have happened, since this is one of the oldest and best Christmas traditions ever.
Back when neices and nephews numbered only five or six, we instituted the first-ever FWU event. Ostensibly, it was designed as a means for the men of the family to occupy the children with an activity while the ladies had an afternoon to go out and do something fun. We settled on building gingerbread houses as an activity, and the moms stuck around to watch because they didn't want to miss out on the chaos.
Near the end of the inaugural FWU, when we had made a thorough mess of things with a few sagging shanties to show for it, I asked young Emily (aged 4 or 5), "Are you having fun?"
"No!" she moaned back.
Things have only gotten better with time -- we've been at it for a decade and now there are 3 times as many kids and we probably have just as much fun as ever. This most recent edition was essentially run by Allyson, so one might argue that it wasn't exactly Fun With Uncles, but we all know who was slogging it out in the trenches, gluing graham crackers together with zip-loc frosting applicators.