The Countdown (and up) Begins

Christmas-tree-decorations-by-specialist-giftsIt’s just one week away from the big day – CHRISTMAS! Or, if you’re counting in advent calendar chocolates like my kids are – just seven more candies.

We’re nearing Christmas day and I’ve not yet finished my shopping. I have a few things – but not everything, by any means. And, don’t my kids know it! I made the mistake of wrapping some gifts when the kids weren’t around this past weekend and putting them under the tree. Here I thought I was being proactive. Nope. Now I remember why I don’t do this. The kids immediately began counting how many presents each one of them had and who’s present was the biggest. Ugh.

This year, my kids will spend Christmas morning with their Dad. We get them back at 10am, so they can have special time opening the presents at our house, too. And, if this week’s counting is any indication, they will be tearing through the presents – mentally calculating who got what.

Some years, we have followed the three-gift rule. It was good enough for Jesus. I think it teaches kids to not be greedy and to put the focus back on what the season is really about. Having said that, I DO want to get them something they really want. However, my daughter sent her letter to Santa without letting me see it. When I ask her what she asked for, she only rattles off expensive electronics that I have no intention of buying her. My first grader wants a BB machine gun. This is also not happening. And my soon-to-be-three-year-old wants a “Wee-wee.” That means car, by the way. Or truck. He doesn’t differentiate. But it has to be orange.

What are you looking forward to in these last few days of Christmas? Oh, and what are YOU wishing for? I’ve asked for socks. Yep, I’m a mom.

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  1. Erin
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 15:21:10

    LOL! I wanted socks too, and a food processor (I have always wanted one) I am just about done with my shopping as well, just a couple more things for the twins, and stocking stuffers. My kids are counting down with tearing off a ring from the chain they made. Oh and I also wrapped gifts and placed them under the tree, I told them what ever they touch they loose πŸ˜› and I have kinda been using it as blackmail for them to behave and get chores done πŸ˜‰

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