Reflections on Christmas 2011

Santa and family were good to us this year. Really good. I got several bottles of good wine — apparently everyone who knows me well knows I sometimes need some wine to deal with the kids whine. Santa got the whole family a gigunda Yamaha keyboard that he found on special at Big Lots. Surprisingly, the kids haven’t used it much. No, they insist on pounding on the childish keyboard with no volume control that they got years ago from Aunt Carole.  Ugggh. And this brings me to my Christmas reflection:

Why do we buy our kids tons of gifts, only so they can spend the following days playing with forgotten gifts from Christmases past? Or building forts out of ratty old throws and kitchen chairs?

Yeah… in the days since we have returned from that unmentionable state up north (Go Buckeyes!) Matt has spent most of his time playing with trains he already has. Nate is still staring at Star Wars Lego Wii despite getting new Wii games and new Star Wars toys. Huh? Both boys have pulled out this thing-a-ma-jig from Grandma Peggy last year that didn’t work too well then and still doesn’t work too much now. So confused.

Well… just to prove that we did get them gifts they don’t play with, here is a picture of  them opening some at Grandpa Dennis and Grandma Pat’s house:

I suppose it could be worse. Santa could have skipped our house. I have a friend who stuck one of her kids on the naughty list … whoa! Not sure I could do that, would probably just drink more wine on a daily basis. Love to know your thoughts on that one. If you have kids please answer my poll below by leaving a comment.

Santa Claus:

A) Always visits our house.

B) Has left a lump of coal once or twice.

C) Is no longer believed in at home … the kids only get gifts from friends & family.

D) I/we don’t celebrate Christmas (please leave me your Hanukkah gift stories, too … or Kwanza or any gift holiday I forgot to mention).

I look forward to reading your comments.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mom2mandn
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 16:19:28

    OMG… I just realized the above picture is from Christmas 2010! Can you believe I stuck myself and Matt in the same outfit? Mortifying!


  2. Pat O'brien
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 00:10:31


    I am finding your blog lots of fun – good going!



  3. Dawn J.
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 04:22:25

    Yay! Looking forward to “following” you.

    In answer to your poll: Santa still comes to our house since my kids are only 3 and 1.

    Maybe by this time next year your kids will be playing with this past Christmas toys instead of the new ones? Keep trucking, Amy…..


  4. Allanya
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 20:38:28

    Always visits our house.


  5. Melissa
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 22:46:35

    I guess we fall in to category C. Charlie just about blew it upon returning to preschool and blurted out, in response to his friend’s mom asking if Santa was good to him, “We don’t believe…” at which point I threw my hand over his mouth. Guess I need to work on him. Not doing Santa has saved me tons of money and stress…we’ll see what the kids think in 10 years or so 🙂


  6. Katie
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 00:24:39

    Santa always visits and our kids always want to play with last year’s toys soon after Christmas. I thought it was just us!


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