|I have been busting my ass and my AMEX this last month to try and make Christmas perfect for my children. However, here I am 4 days before D day and in full fledge panic mode.
Organizing who gets what, all the holiday shows, lists of what you should give and to who, and when to gift wrap- it’s all just too much. I called my best friend today on the phone and we just screamed in unison.
It’s hard enough to figure out exactly what to get them. Then you try to find all the best prices and get the toy before the “holiday rush” and you end up having to spend 3x on Amazon just to snag one. Plus there is always that added bonus that your kid changes their mind and wants something new before Santa even arrives.
Now I have an 8,6 and 5 year old. I order the gifts early enough for the right price, but where am I hiding them? Where does one hide the toys for three children without said children finding them. Then you have to wrap them, but they can’t see the wrapping paper. Because how could you be wrapping the gifts- doesn’t Santa do that?
“Yes darling I just bought the paper to help.”
No one is buying this.
You see where I am going with this. This is exhausting. I now look back at the day my dad told me there was no Santa in the name of “always telling the truth” and more to free himself and my mother from the prison that is Santa. I get it, dad. I think I’ve been subconsciously leaving hints the last two weeks. I know what you’re thinking:
You may not be totally wrong about that. But before you write me off as a mean old Grinch- really think about it. We put our blood, sweat, and tears into making this holiday so special for our little monkeys. Then you’re standing there waiting for a hug, and it never comes. They don’t think YOU are awesome they think this magical man, this Santa guy is awesome. What gives?!
I know. I know. The innocence. The magic. It’s incredible to watch them open the gifts and be so mystified by how it all happened. Listen, I’m talking a big game but I’m on my 8th Christmas doing what I can to keep the magic alive.
Which also does bring me to the big question, when is the jig up? I thought for sure by 8 Blake would have had this all figured out. That girl can crack the code on my phone, overhear private conversations between Bobby and I that I didn’t even realize she was around for, and can do multiplication. Does she actually want me to believe that she still thinks some magical old man from the North Pole is delivering all these gifts to her and kids around the world. This kid is playing me. I know it.
Not to mention that our son is now in the phase that all our kids go through, in that he now believes he is Jewish. He is really in the throws of confusion as he has asked for a yarmulke from Santa to wear to Shabbat. Never a dull moment.
Wish you and your families a very happy holiday season. I linked some pretty funny holiday videos below, and will catch you in 2019.