A few days ago, early at night, the door bell rang. Many of my kids went to the door to see who was there, and I heard 'Hello! We are from the local church and want to wish you happy holidays and give you a little present.' They handed a christian dvd, and one candy cane to the kids. The kids politely said thank you and replied to all the questions about homeschooling they had. The church people told them how wonderful they were and how blessed to be homeschooled, and left.
The kids stared at the offerings, and said in unison 'They gave us ONE candy cane'. There were at least five kids opening the door, so it's not like they couldn't know there were more kids in the house.
I have to admit that the candy cane was accompanied by the story of the religious significance of the candy cane, which Kate recited back to me the next day when she was holding a red and white hair elastic. It was not a very big candy cane though. As in super small.
Eventually the kids decided that Cees and Tim should share this candy cane, since they hadn't had one at homeschool club in the morning. Sylvia got a tiny piece of it too. This was after a long discussion about people sometimes meaning well, but not totally getting it.
Jane told me that she liked it better when they stopped by last year, and gave all the kids hot chocolate instead of this one candy cane.