Tonight is the Eighth Candle. The Overlap created the Chaos that was expected, but that didn't stop The Taunting. Traditions must be upheld, even Aunti Claus knows that The Taunting can be messed with, but it cannot be stopped.
On the morning of Christmas, before the trip to Grandma's, Aunti left a mini version of a taunting of her own, following all of the rules we use but leaving it to us to figure out. Gifts from Aunti are never simple. The gifts were unlabled and exactly the same size. The children ( who are not really so childish) figured out that she was using wrapping paper code, binary for the boy and non-denominational capitalist greetings for the girl, and they opened their Black Death and Mad Cow Disease petri dishes, and found Not Poppets in their stockings. The Not Poppets will get a post of their own at some future point.
The boy was very happy with his collection of Black Death and now carries some in his pocket because it's cute, and fluffy, and Black Death.
Then the team packed up and sent itself to Not Really Upstate New York to Grandma's house, where Grandma lets the butter sacrifice itself freely into baked goods and Santa is NEVER confused.
And a wondrous time was had by all with food and love, and some stories. And dessert-lots of dessert
The love of butter and dessert is the reason we gifted Grandma with a Gingerbread Poppet. Upon introduction Grandma looked at her and wondered "Do you think she wants a house?"
So you see, although Grandma thinks the boy and I are a bit nuts with the embassy project, the apples have certainly not fallen far from the tree, Christmas or otherwise.
You can also see that Grandma's Gingerbread Poppet found places suited for her at Grandma's house with very little effort.
The Taunting however could not be denied. Three days we were going to be in Not Really Upstate New York and that was three days that needed to participate in the taunting. On the table where Anti Claus once had a really mod silver tree was a bowl of fruit, and no sign of Aunti at all. It seemed to be the place to be. The Taunting, Travel Edition was set up.