This is it! The moment I wait for all year long; Christmas morning. My kids finally are out of school YES my kids had school until Dec 22nd this year. I personally find this to be criminal. I love having all of my kids home and can’t wait for the next 11 days of family fun time. Ok I am corny I get it and my friends tell me that if they didn’t love me they would hate me because they although they love their children, some are already counting the days for school to get back in session. Me on the other hand prays for huge snow storm to hit the night before school so we can extend the break for a few more days.
In the corporate/working world most people get some kind of bonus. For me my bonus comes Christmas morning when my kids faces light up at all the treats Santa has brought. This year I am especially looking forward to Christmas because it is likely going to be the last year that all four of my kids “believe” in Santa. Of course when that stage comes the “you don’t believe, you don’t receive” rule will go into effect. I am anxiously awaiting their reactions and praying there is not a look of disappointment if they didn’t get everything on their list, after all a reindeer is not exactly the easiest gift to get. I am counting down the hours to Christmas morning. I am as anxious as they are but for completely different reasons.
We recently started the wrapping and sorting process. I start shopping in August and continue to do so throughout early December. As I lay everything out my husband says ” that’s it?” AHHHHH panic set it. What did he mean? Is there not enough? OMG how could this be I am guilty of over shopping. Every year I buy way to much, my goal is to make sure you can’t see the living room floor. Then I calmly ask him what he means? In mind I am thinking this is a green light for more shopping, I was wrong. What he meant was that he expected double what I had given the amount I spent. I had to explain that bigger kids =small toys=big price. WHEW I am relieved to know that I didn’t ruin Christmas.
My husband is a saint, the man does not say a word at Christmas, he knows this is just what I do. I get the kids as many things on their wish list as possible and within reason. He knows this is my Christmas bonus. My moment of knowing that I got each one of my kids exactly the right gift. He knows that watching the magic of Christmas morning is the same to me as that large corporate bonus is to others, although it sure wouldn’t hurt to get a bonus to pay off Christmas but unfortunately a part time preschool teacher/stay at home mom does not get that kind of bonus. Now don’t get me wrong while I do go over board I am a person of balance and while my kids get way more than three things from Santa plus family gifts we focus a lot on the true meaning of Christmas. I stick to the list and don’t get items like the $400 Lego Death Star just because it’s on the list. Even though the kids have told me that if Santa brings it is free so make sure I leave it on the list,wouldn’t that be nice. I want them to learn you get what you get and you don’t get upset. I was so proud when my six year old told “I don’t care what I get or don’t get , I am just excited to celebrate”. Ok I realize that he is probably buttering me up for that lego but part of me wants to believe he feels that way especially since he is not getting that lego or the spy kit he asked for.
Today we took the kids ice skating and there was Christmas music playing as we skated, I felt like I was in a Hallmark movie (see why my friends hate me). Watching my kids skate and laugh and singing a long made me smile inside. I love this time of year. It won’t be long before the dynamics of Christmas change for my family so I am going to take these moments and relish them. Ok I am corny and happy but it is ok, life has a way of changing things very quickly so I am taking the good moments and basking in them. So Merry Christmas to all and may Christmas morning be as a big bonus for you as it is for me.