The most fun part of Christmas in South Jersey for me was giving the T-shirt/sweatshirt gifts I'd created or bought for Dad, Jean, Tracey, David, Mike, Matt, and Granny.
I had joked with Dad a while back about getting his self-deprecating expression about himself—Cheap-Ass Bill Hawley From the Sticks—put on a T-shirt for him. Bob had suggested that I make similar T-shirts for everyone in the family. For example, for M&M, the shirts would say, "My Pop Pop Is Cheap-Ass Bill Hawley From the Sticks." I thought that was a fun idea, but I ended up making T-shirts like that only for Dad and Jean. I figured that D&J would get a big kick out of shirts like that—and they did—but I thought it might be a bit much to get that kind of shirt for everyone in the family.
Besides, I'd already made up my mind to get David a Super Jew shirt, which I saw someone wearing at the 5th Avenue Farmers Market the day back in September when T&D came to pick up the twins after their visit with me. When I looked for it online, I discovered Seth Rogen had worn the same T-shirt in the movie Funny People. I was thinking about getting Tracey a Jews for Jeter shirt but decided on a Jewcy—as opposed to Juicy Couture—one instead.
For the boys, I made shirts that had a terrific picture of Molly that I took at Thanksgiving Halloween on the front and a gross picture of Rudy's sandy-and-drooly mouth from this past summer in Cape May on the back. The front says "BASSETS RULE," and the back says "BASSETS DROOL." :-) I reluctantly settled on white shirts for them because I was afraid they'd get easily stained, but my only other option, at CafePress, was a boring gray. The color choice was limited to those two options for long-sleeved shirts that have something on both the front and back. I thought about getting one of the guys the RULE shirt and the other one the DROOL shirt, both in navy blue, but what would the twin I gave the DROOL shirt to think about that? :-) I also considered making both shirts for both guys, but in order for people to fully appreciate the message, they'd have to see both boys together. So I went with the front-and-back message. And M&M loved 'em!
For Gran, I made a cute pink sweatshirt using a great picture of the two of us in her backyard. Since I wanted it to be a zippered shirt and not a pullover, I put the photo and the words BEST GRANNY EVER on the spot where a chest pocket might go. The resolution of the photo wasn't as good as I'd thought it would be, so I was somewhat disappointed in the final product.
And now for some photos of my peeps with their shirts: