The Christmas Season is here. That brings on the perpetual wish lists. Since I have five kids, this could bring on a tad bit of stress. All these lists. So many wishes, so little money. I have tried to teach my kids to prioritize and realize I actually do NOT have a money tree in the backyard. Be conservative.
Apparently, they’ve been listening pretty well. Yea, right.
For example, the baby boy……he has trouble thinking of something he wants. A new football. A new football jersey or three. A remote control car. A snare drum. That will do it. Of course, as time goes on, he thinks of other random things he wants, too. But he doesn’t add them to the official list. It’s on the Santa list. Cause that won’t cost mom money. Humph.
Then there is the next kiddo in line…. He realizes he needs to be conservative, but he has a massive list. You know just in case Santa is actually real. In that case, mom’s lack of a money tree shouldn’t matter and the sky is the limit. Smart kid right there. I’m just not sure exactly how to go about bursting that bubble of optimism. His list includes…. a REAL piano, interactive Toy Story toys (that range from $45-60 EACH). He only wants the Lotso Bear, Rex, Bullseye (one of the most rare), and Hamm. Then there is a list of CDs, Comic Books, and even a few movies thrown in. As I had my head hanging between my knees trying to come out of my state of hyperventilating, he says, “Mom, I don’t want to be any trouble. So, take the piano off my list. I can practice at Grandma’s. I can do without it.” The piano was his number one request. Most desired. Hmmm…..either he’s brilliant and securing the score by making me think he is willing to sacrifice, or he really IS learning. Either way. The piano is his. Geeeezzzz……
Next comes the real piece of work…..Cam. He is the classic middle child. He keeps our life interesting. When I don’t need to pull my hair out from his antics, I am completely entertained. But his Christmas list simply sends me into a state of panic. I only need to win the lotto to even come close.
“I’ve been listening, Mom. I don’t actually expect you to get me all of these things. I just want you to have plenty of ideas and if you happen to hit really good sales, you will have plenty to choose from. And then Santa can pick up some of what’s left. It’s the dream list, mom. The ultimate. I know I’m not gonna get it all. You always tell me you get more when you expect more. High expectations yield high results.”
Ouch. Gotta love it when your own words come back to bite you in the you know what.
So, his list…..it’s color coded. Each color represents the amount of gotta have it. For example, items in red = can’t live without; items in green = really, really want; items in black = take it or leave it, but I really want to take it. His list is three hand-written pages. Seriously. For real.
Thanks, Cam. Now, when I get only a fraction of your list, I can feel like a big fat Santa failure. But hey, you don’t actually expect to get it all, right?????
By the time I finished recovering from the presenting of these lists, I decided the two oldest boys were grown. They are 19 and 20. Out of the house. In college. Santa was over for them. They better choose and choose wisely. I wanted a list, but a small one. Of course, that went over like a lead balloon. I believe the requests were a new car, pay for my housing for spring semester, and cash, cash, and more cash. Oh and lots of little presents.
I literally looked at them and wondered who had taken over their bodies. Where were the children I raised??
But that’s when it happened. I’m not sure if it was a ploy to remind me of the fact that I would want goodies for Christmas, or a sincere request, but they asked me what I wanted for Christmas. They even asked for a list. Woohoo!!!!!!! Paybacks can be sweet!!!!
I couldn’t help myself. I needed a good laugh. So, I made the little turkeys a list. Bahahahahaaaa…… And it looks something like this…
All I want for Christmas is………..
♥ A new Kitchen-Aid mixer. If you really shop the sales, you can find one for a little over $200.
♥ An iPad. Any kind acceptable.
♥ The new iPhone 4S. They are sooooo cool!
♥ Because I don’t want to overload you TOO much, that’s all. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. I can’t wait!!!
The look on their little faces was priceless. They quickly informed me, ,”We don’t have that kind of money. There is NO way, we can afford any of those things….. even if we pool together. You know this!”
I quickly explained I knew EXACTLY how they felt.
And there it was. Lesson learned. They began dropping things off their lists like crazy. They narrowed their lists down to what they really want. They are even shopping thrift stores for gifts for each other and making some homemade gifts. They are paying attention to prices.
Score one for Mom!
Now, I just need to take up donations. After all, Santa COULD bring me all of the things on MY list!
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