Monday, December 24, 2007

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry...

Santa Clause is coming to town! The kids are SO excited. And so am I! I'm really happy with my shopping this year. I still have to go out and get one last thing today. I hope I don't get stuck in the gridlock, like I did a couple of years ago! My 11 year old said he's more excited for this Christmas than he's ever been before. My 7 year old said he can't wait until Santa brings him his Wii. I keep telling him Santa doesn't ALWAYS get everything you ask for. My 3 year old tells me she wants a TV for her room. She'll put the remote right next to her bed. (Yeah right!) My 14 year old said she's actually MORE excited for the January 7th!

In our church, we celebrate the birth of Christ on January 7th. We follow the old Julian calender. Our December 25th falls on January 7th. When I was little, Santa always came on December 25, though. So that is how my family celebrates it today!

My husband's family celebrates Christmas on December 25, so that actually works out great for us. We spend the majority of the time with his family. Yesterday we went to his aunt's house to exchange presents. Do you tell your kids how to act when they open their presents? Well I decided they should be reminded, so they wouldn't embarrass me. I told my youngest two that when they open a present, make sure they thank that person. If it's something they already have, they don't need to tell them that. We will just try to exchange it later. It's just nice that they were thought of.

Aunt D. passed out the presents and informed us that we will open our presents one at a time, starting with the youngest. That was my 3 year old. She picked out the first present she wanted to open, opened it in front of everyone, looked at me and said, "Mommy! I don't want this!" I was SO embarrassed! Even after I reminded her!. My 7 year old looked at me and said, "She wasn't suppose to say that, huh?" Then he opened his present from them and made up for his sister's response. He got a Steeler's sweatshirt and was just thrilled.

Last night, when I went in her room to kiss her goodnight, I told her that it wasn't very nice how she acted and she probably hurt their feelings. She burst into tears. I told her that she has a birthday coming up and they might not want to buy her any presents if that's how she's going to act. She cried even harder and said, "But mom! Tell them not to buy me anymore presents because I don't like what they buy me!" Ugh. She still doesn't get it! In case you were wondering it was a book on CD with a little lamb and baby. Oh well.

So anyway. Merry Christmas everyone!


Kila said...

It's hard to think first at age 3, LOL. Similar situations have happened with my guys. It's getting better as they get older!

Maybe she'll end up liking it after all :)

Merry Christmas!

Irene said...

That is too funny. Of course, if it was my daughter, it would be a little embarrassing, but since its not, it really IS funny!

I bet D got a kick out of that!

MAGIRK said...

You're such a great mom to try to teach them about etiquette and how to be grateful when people give them gifts!

I remember when I was young, my grandma would give me those 'granny' underwear as gifts - you know, the ones that go all the way up to your armpits! I was so disappointed. But looking back now, I know she was probably giving me something she knew I needed - my parents weren't 'well off' financially.

Oh well. :-) Just one of those life's lessons!

Merry Christmas!!

Kellan said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope you have only blessings and happiness during this Holiday season. Have fun and I will see you soon. Kellan

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Kids and their honesty!! :-)

I never thought to use different paper, different markers AND capital letters for Santa!! That's genius!

Happy Holidays!


suburbancorrespondent said...

Poor kid...and poor you!

denise said...

My other friend's daughter did something similiar when she was about the same age. They don't understand, not to mention they have a short attention span anyway. you just have to work with her and remind her how she would feel. She'll get it. They are just starting to learn social graces at her age. Have a great Christmas!! Tell your sis I said the same!!!

Mary said...

Merry Christmas Maria!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family :)

Kitty said...

Merry Christmas Maria! Hope you and yours have a lovely time. :-) x

Becky said...

LOL, I know that was embarrassing, but she's still young, and will catch on eventually. Most adults realize this. Hopefully the giver was gracious enough to see that.

Merriest Christmas, Maria!

Karen said...

Just wanted to pop in and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Kellan said...

Hi Maria - hope you had wonderful Christmas - see you soon. Kellan