With 6 short days till Christmas I sit here, wine in hand, wondering where the last month went....I think I blacked out. (Oh, no, we had a blackout, right..) Tis the season to be jolly, stressed & laden with anxiety. The boys are getting older and they still "believe" in all that is Christmas, which I love. I am waiting for the bomb to drop. My 8 year old is getting a little suspect and his questions are getting more detailed "How can Santa possibly get to every house in one night?" It's magic, I simply say. Magic.
I don't know about you but Christmas is making my kids crazy. The threat of "you better behave" seems to work less & less. I mean, it really is an empty threat, isn't it? Am I really NOT going to give them anything on Christmas morning? I actually contemplated sending them a video from Santa (www.portablenorthpole.tv best.site.ever.) for "naughty" boys. Then I reconsidered. Can you imagine the implications? The mental damage? I tell you, I was really close.
The "new" thing out there to help with behavior is this "Elf on a Shelf." This effeminate troll-thing is supposed to be placed around your home & is supposedly "watching" your children's behavior. First of all, CREEPY. Have you seen this thing? Sure, it look all innocent but you know what I see when I look at it:
what you see (sweet Elf) what I see (Psycho Poltergeist clown)
If that thing is out during a thunderstorm I am locking my door. FREAKY!
Another thing that disturbs me this year are those Best Buy commercials. You know the ones with the Alpha-moms taunting Santa via text message & kicking his figurine off the roof like he is a fool with no use. I think these ads are atrocious. Make them stop! I'm boycotting Best Buy...
I must be getting old. Christmas has lost a little of its wonderment; its magic! There are certain things that bring me back to my childhood: anything off the Frank Sinatra or Johnny Mathis Holiday albums, Russell Stover's chocolate santas, my mothers pizzelles, the Ray Coniff Singers & the ads on TV for the Barbie Townhouse. (that thing was awesome!)
I try really hard to keep tradition around for the sake of my children. It is hard with my family spread out around the East coast. I do look forward to seeing my parents, enjoying time with my family & that look in my boys eyes on Christmas morning. All in all, I do love Christmas and just hope that magic doesn't fade. I hope you find your magic this year. It's there somewhere..(just not Best Buy.)
I leave you now with one of the best covers of this tune ever.. note the Toto at the end! Merry Christmas!!