I’m doing my best to come out of an egg nog fog, but I’m not gonna lie. It’s not easy. As far as I can remember, here are a few of the things that stood out this holiday season.
Lesson #1: The only thing better than singing All You Need is Love with a bunch of elementary school kids in a multipurpose room is watching the four little electric guitar players rocking out to it.
Lesson #2: Santa has the same wrapping paper as a 3-year-old girl in Little’s class. Really. When Santa came to visit and bring each child a present, she told him at least five times that her mom gave her something with the exact. same. paper. on it.
Lesson #3: Luckily Santa is an optimist, not a perfectionist.
Lesson #4: There should be two sets of age guidelines on toys. One for the first child in a family and one for the younger siblings. I don’t think a single gift Little got was intended for a child 6 or under.
Lesson #5: When your grandparents’ house is five times the size of yours, it makes perfect sense that the best way to get to and from the bathroom is to ride your new bike down the hall.
Lesson #6: When you shop online, sometimes the surprise isn’t just for the gift recipient. Lenny’s still getting over the shock of me opening my size 6-1/2 pleather boots. Obviously Bloomingdales hadn’t heard him making fun of my ‘boats’. Or noticed that he ordered rain boots in a boat-appropriate size.
Lesson #7: When it’s 72 degrees, a white Christmas comes in the form of waves breaking. And it’s just as merry, if you ask me.
Lesson #8: What older cousins *may* lack in discretion, they make up for in patience/boosts/video game tips/toy demos/wrestling/laughs.
Lesson #9: What Lenny *may* lack in discretion, he makes up for in party mints. Twenty seven of them, to be exact. (There’s a reason we don’t go to fancy restaurants more often.)
Lesson #10: Watching my kids show true gratitude and enthusiasm for each and every gift made my heart grow three sizes on Christmas. That is until Little asked when the *real* Christmas was coming.
I hope your
egg nog holiday season was *real* and magical!