Today I am spending the day baking Christmas cookies.
I make the same ones every year, the ones my mom used to make for us.
This is a tradition that is expected and I love to make them for my family.
There is nothing special about these cookies other than we only make them for Christmas.
That is a tradition I love!
However there seems to be another tradition that I was hoping would not happen this year.
BUT IT DID!
You see my oldest son has been sneaking into his gifts every year since he was about 4.
I started trying to hide them where I thought he would not look.
HE FOUND THEM!
I tried to quick wrap some so that I could get ahead of myself.
You see, I have to shop for presents from the kids Grandfather and Bonnie and I also shop for his other Grandmother. There is a lot to keep track of! I am only human, I forget where I put things if I hide them TOO good!
HE FOUND THE ONES THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE FROM SANTA!
So I would have to REWRAP the Santa gifts and change them with the gifts from my father or their grandmother.
I do NOT want to be the BAD mom who lets her son find out there really is no Santa.
This year I put the gifts, half wrapped again, only because you know I will forget what I got and I will have to unwrap them, and YES that has happened......several times.
This time, I put them behind a locked door.
OR SO I THOUGHT.
There is more than one key.
bam, bam, bam,
pull, pull, pull.
That was the sound of my head hitting the table and me pulling out my hair.
This happened yesterday.
What did I do?
Oh I did contemplate harm,
so off they went with their father for the day.
When they came home the children found bags of toys in the kitchen.
I was done being nice.
I took them ALL back.
I went shopping for ME!
A new sweater,
an ornament for my stocking,
a garden angel from my father.
Oh, I had a grand time, I was in one of my favorite stores, T.J. MAXX.
Where else can you get all of that and have money left over.
Then I went to Target to return more toys!
More shopping for me!
And so this was repeated
I made sure that I shopped until the kids were tucked into bed.
NO sugarplums dancing in their heads!
Today I am not as MAD but we did have a chat this morning.
I had to ask
DO YOU WANT SANTA TO COME?
I think one of the elves is going to have to make a visit tonight, maybe leave a hint of,
THE NAUGHTY LIST!
What do you think, do these three angels belong on the naughty list?
Has this ever happened to you?
Were you a peeker or shaker?
I feel better talking about it, it is a new day and I am off to bake.
Have a wonderful day!