It’s that time of year; if you celebrate Christmas with the exchanging of gifts. While my daughter is maturing all-too-fast, my soon-to-be 10 year old, is presenting new challenges daily.
Yesterday, I asked what she would like for Christmas. While I don’t go broke making sure Christmas morning looks like a department store exploded under the tree, I do get her a modest amount of gifts; mostly from Santa.
While she has questioned the reality of Santa, she somewhat still believes. However, ask that child to take a pic with old man from the North Pole, while window shopping at the mall and she simply responds, “That’s not the real Santa.” Sheesh! Why not kill every opportunity for your dear old mom to have photos of you as a child. Oh your teen years are going to be fun. Alas, I digress.
Back to what to buy for Christmas. I asked her again yesterday and received a new and more challenging response. Instead of the standard, “I don’t know”, she said, “Santa already knows. I mean, if he knows if I’ve been naughty or nice, then he knows what I want for Christmas. Why should I make a list?”
Think Mom! She has to give me an indication and she has to do it on her own. Have I mentioned how fun she’ll be in a few years? Moving on…
“Well, what will your father and I know what to buy you if you don’t give US some ideas?” Phew…she hadn’t thought about that. She mentions she’d like more art supplies. Well sugar! I already have started that gift. I’ll keep working on her and pulling gift suggestions out of her like a dentist pulls out a stubborn molar.
While I cherish my daughter’s youth and wanting to keep some elements of her being my little girl, it will be much easier not to be Santa in the upcoming years.
So what do your little ones want for Christmas???