Friday, December 10, 2010

It's the MOST Wonderful time of the year!

I'm going to admit it. I am beat. Christmas is my favorite time of the year but I am absolutely whipped! It seems like it has been one thing after going on, we have been out of town 2 full weekend in the last month and now we are getting ready to go out of town again tomorrow for another couple of days for Christmas with my in-laws.  Is this time of year crazy for you too?!

I had my heart broken last week by my 8 year old. He will turn 9 in a few months and is in the 3rd grade. He is our oldest and has always been such a joy in our lives. He came home from school and said those dreadful words I have NOT been looking forward to. "Mom, some of the kids at school say that Santa isn't real. They say that the parents just sneak down and put the presents under the tree on Christmas morning. Is that true?" ACK! You would have thought I would have been prepared for this question. Of course it isn't true I told him. And that seemed to suffice. But still in the back of my mind I am realizing that the day isn't too far off where the whole Santa charade is going to be up with my firstborn. How depressing. I love the magic of Christmas. I love how excited my kids get. I love wrapping presents and seeing my kids faces when they come down on Christmas morning. I love the traditions we have started. I love reading to them the REAL Christmas story and having them ask me questions about it and getting the opportunity to share with them why our family celebrates Christmas. And it just really makes me sad to think that before too long, the magic will be gone because the kids will all be too old to "believe."  BOO! I wish time would just stop for awhile so I can savor these years with my kids.

On another note, I love this time of year because, let's face it...I can ALMOST get the kids to be good! *lol* We started the "Elf on the Shelf" tradition last year and I have to tell you....if you don't do this, you are missing out!  This has been the most amazing experience with our children this time of year! The Elf (which my kids named Buddy after the movie ELF) reports back to Santa once a day on how the kids are behaving and then he returns in a different spot every day. The kids love getting up in the morning and searching all over the house for him! My family thinks he's creepy but I LOVE the Elf on the Shelf. *lol*



I need to get my shopping done...I have just a few people left on my list! My hubby's 30th birthday is on December 20th, right before Christmas so a birthday present needs to be bought too. Poor guy. I can't imagine having my birthday so close to the holidays. What a bummer! lol He really wants a new iPod Touch but what he doesn't know is that he is getting one tomorrow for Christmas from his parents so I am thinking I might get him one of the flat screen TV stands he has been eyeing!  I figure he deserves a comfy and cozy place to relax and watch tv so we might go ahead and make him that "man cave" he has been wanting!!! 
I hope you all are enjoying this time of year and hope you all are taking the time to relax and savor the memories that this time of year brings!! The years fly by way too fast.




3 comments:

jill said...

the elf is a bit creepy, but i think it's a tradition that i want to start in my house. and when i was teaching (2nd and 3rd grade) the santa thing came up a lot. as the teacher i never knew what to say, but always ended up saying "you have to believe to receive." after that comment, they never really questioned it again. good luck!

Kirsten said...

Aww, my sister's birthday is Dec. 20th too, and she always hated it. It's so easy to just get lost in the Christmas season. When we were kids my parents eventually started throwing her a birthday party in November just so friends would actually come! And she would get the "this is for your birthday and Christmas" presents (I know it shouldn't be all about the presents, and it's not, but she kinda got ripped off on that one lol).

Lindsay- Cloth diapering momma of 2 said...

Oh I love the elf on a shelf idea!!! I will definitely start this next year! What a fun way to get your kids to behave!!! Now if I could only it would last through x-mas :-(

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