Our Christmas Blessing

“Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny freaking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of A-holes this side of the nuthouse.”

Not a chance Christmas went bye without some incredible stories.  Doesn’t matter if it was Jax’ first christmas or his 15th.  Today was filled with love, laughter and lunacy.  The amount of toys that santa brought for this little dude was insane.  There is not a chance in hell that he could even comprehend the amount of STUFF that he unwrapped today.  All I know, all we know, all he knows (I think he knows) is he is so lucky to have such an amazing cast of family members who treat him like he is king of the Seven Kingdoms.  Santa spent a little extra time here last night and this morning dropping off some awesome toys.

There was the chair that looks like a toilet. (I need one of these for football Sundays).


Then there was the basket that was supposed to be for Auntie Tricia’s spa supplies.

Grammy’s buttons on her Christmas Shirt were a source of entertainment for all ages (especially 8 month olds).


The Wrapping paper gift was a favorite as well.  It tasted yummy.


He also loved the Jackson sized replica of the Empire State building that he could climb and pretend to be King Kong on!


Then there was the incredibly inspiring story of Walter the Farting Dog who shares in Jax’ favorite past time… farting.


Jax was amazed by the generosity of everyone; Santa went above and beyond!!!!


Jax knows Christmas is about giving not just getting presents… he spent his allowance on his brothers XMAS gift.


… but most of all Jackson loved all the attention from the most important people in his life… his family.



Family traditions and family craziness aside… Stephanie and I want to take a second to thank everyone who has been there to support this journey of ours through parenthood.  Most of all our parents and family and especially our friends who have answered our desperate phone calls at 2 and 3 AM when Jax was sniffling or had a fever.  There really is a magic to the holiday season, it’s a magic that exists all year, one that is always there, but often is not tapped into.  The magic of the people around you who care about you for who you are.  The people who are there for you when you need a laugh or a cry… or you need a someone to change a dirty diaper.  Those are the real reasons that the holiday exists.

Jackson, you are the greatest gift I have ever been given.  I am proud to be your father… I am happy to be part of your life and most importantly… I love you more than any present, autograph, fitted suit jacket or skinny tie in the world!



PS: You know when your Christmas ends like this:

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Jackson Carmine’s Christening


Today Jackson Carmine was blessed and entered the world of the baptized.  Mom and I are so lucky to have so many amazing people in our lives… family, friends and now Jackson’s God Parents- Vin and Trich.

It’s a crazy kind of day… thinking about Jackson being baptized at almost five months old… then looking back and realizing that he was born like three days ago.  I feel like he was just born and everyone visited us in the hospital and now they are here to celebrate another step in Jax’ life.

Navigating a baptism is a work of art.  It’s a day of joy for the parents, but for the kid… it must be scary as hell… I wonder if anyone has ever taken a second to consider what the baby must be thinking on their baptism day?  Jackson: “So I’m just lying there and this guy in a dress tries to drown me… and I kid you not… my family just stands there taking pictures!”

Between family drama and wishing your great uncle’s neighbor hadn’t stopped bye for a drink, it’s one of those days that brings happiness, laughter and tears (not necessarily in that order).  The day starts out with you watching your child scream in the arms of a priest who an hour earlier was chain smoking in the front of the church and ends with your child passed out in the arms of a relative who is four pieces deep in the cake.

The real tricky part of the day is being able to convince your wife, parents and in-laws that you are actually interested in taking 40,000 pictures in front of balloons, while you stream the Packers game live on the DirectTV app on your phone without getting stabbed with a cake cutter.

All in all, baptism Is one of those days that you will never forget… from beginning to end it is a day that you can look back on with vivid memories of your child being blessed and becoming part of the Catholic Religion.  For someone who was raised Catholic… not just a little bit Catholic, like my beautiful wife Stephanie, who when she was young, went to Catholic school all the way through high school yet now thinks it OK to attend church on just the big two: baptism and marriage… which when you think about it, both wound up with her falling asleep with a male Fragola passed out on her lap!