NOTE: Giveaway is now closed. Thank you!
Oh, the holiday season has officially kicked off. It’s not the 3 a.m. door busters or red ringing bells that tipped me off. No, it’s the horrific behavior I’m witnessing all day long in my house. Well, last year I admitted that there were days I earned a spot on the “Naughty” list (right alongside my kids). And no doubt there’s room for me again this year. But after an especially grueling
month day, I’m going to blow off some steam with a laugh or two. Maybe you can relate?
You’d better watch out. (Yeah, you, the one jamming your elbow in your brother’s throat.)
You’d better not (make your sister) cry (again).
You’d better not pout (oh no you didn’t),
I’m telling you why… (Why?! Because I said so!)
Santa Claus is coming to town. (Because of that, too.)
He’s making a list (keep it up, you’ll save him some ink),
Checking it twice (unlike me, he believes in second chances),
Gonna find out who’s naughty (you) and nice (see…this is where you have such potential!).
Santa Claus is coming to town. (Have we told you about the year Daddy got coal?)
He sees you when you’re sleeping. (Speaking of which, if you whine one more time — nap!)
He knows when you’re awake. (But it’s only 5:15 a.m.!)
He knows if you’ve been bad or good (and I think you do too…),
So be good for goodness sake. (Seriously, is it that hard?)
Oh, you’d better watch out.
You’d better not cry.
Better not pout,
I’m telling you why.
Santa Claus is coming to town. (See how much better the song sounds without sassy back talking? See?!)
This post was inspired by the playful holiday book, Santa is Coming to San Francisco. (But as we all know, San Francisco is just one of the many, many places Santa has to stop along the way. Check here for more of Santa’s stops that can be found in book form.) I found the book to be true to the classic stories we know of Santa, with fun modern twists, and with really cool, organic references to San Francisco for that personal touch. (Such a fun holiday party host gift, if you ask me.)
*Giveaway*: To enter to win one of the Santa is Coming to [your home] books, leave a comment sharing why your little one is on the naughty or nice list today by 12 a.m. PT on December 7, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random. (Winner must live in Canada or the U.S.)
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Santa is Coming to San Francisco for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Amy Nelson says
Must get that book! Where did you get it???
Amy, Using Our Words says
Well, Amy, by leaving a comment, you now have a chance to *win* the book. But if you don’t, the link in the “Giveaway” section of this post should work. Here’s to your nice kiddos this holiday season!
leslie barber says
That was completely hysterical – I love it! And I think the song sounds so much better like that… 🙂
Thanks, Leslie. Me too!
Oh how I wish I had an honest mother’s perspective to share when my kids were young!
Is there such a thing as too honest? 😉
Jodie Hoffman says
love your back talkin’ version of this holiday classic! Puts the Rudolph version to shame! 😉
I’m all about shaming people.
Dana Sneed says
Well done! Very clever, funny and oh, so true! Which takes us all back to the beginning……..you’d better watch out!
I’m watching out, pouting, AND crying!
Ugh I think the only one on the nice list is my 4 month old!! I’ve been trying to play the “Santa card” but it seems like they are all acting up more than usual…must be the excitement of the holidays. Sigh. My little turkeys would all totally love this book though 🙂
Isn’t it nice to have a baby who can’t talk? Enjoy…it won’t last long! 😉
Amy, Using Our Words says
Simona, you’re the lucky winner of a Santa is Coming book. I’ll email you with details. Congrats!