Mrs. Claus Goes Shopping on Crutches
The 5 Posts of Christmas might make you laugh, cry, learn a new recipe for fruitcake or discover an amazing craft to do as a family (yeah, right...have you ever read my blog?) Or just make you thankful that you don't live in my head. But, please share your holiday moments with me or a link to your own holiday post. I'd love to hear them. Seriously.
Saturday night, Mr. Claus and I visited the elves to pick out our gifts for the kiddos. Mr. Claus and I LOVE our tradition of frantically running to the store during the week of Christmas to fill our sleigh. It has nothing to do with Black Friday craziness, Sunday coupons, Cyber Monday, or any savings whatsoever. Not because we wouldn't like to save money, but because we are terribly disorganized and lack the "I'll do anything to save a few bucks" gene.
The evening went something like this:
clank, rattle, hop, clank, rattle, hop (crutches are LOUD on linoleum)
1st aisle of the store (only 449 aisles to go)
"Mr. Claus! Let us look closely at each and every one of the toys on this one aisle. Then, we will handpick the perfect toy or game for each one of our lovely children. When we have scoured this aisle we shall move to the next aisle and do the same."
clank, rattle, hop, clank, rattle, hop
2nd aisle of store
"Mr. Claus! How is it possible that we have only one small (yet surely, perfect) gift in that large basket? At this rate, Christmas will be over before we finish up our shopping. Ta-ha!" (Nervous giggle.)
clank, rattle, hop, ouch!, clank, rattle, hop, ouch!
3rd aisle of store
"Mr. Claus!! Why do the elves allow so many screaming, whining, and gravity fighting children into their workshop on a Saturday night? Their Christmas cheer has caused a horrific pounding in my head."
...quite a bit later...clank, rattle, hop, sigh, clank, rattle, hop, sigh
around the 45th aisle of store
"Mr. Claus!?! (said quite shrilly) Come to think of it...this past year has been filled with many, many timeouts for hitting, talking back and just general pissiness. Perhaps one toy and a pair of socks would be sufficient to express our love?"
clank, rattle, hop, sniffle, clank, rattle, hop, sniffle
Upon reaching the checkout lane and learning the total:
By the time I retired for the evening with Mr. Claus, we were another few tens of dollars lighter from paying the babysitter and my hands, head and remaining good leg, knee, and hip felt every bit as achy and old as the real Mrs. Claus. But now, I have to wait an ENTIRE WEEK for Christmas morning. As a rule, when I buy gifts, I wait until the last possible moment to give it. Because if I feel like I've really gotten the right gift, I just can't wait for the person to open it. I have been known to encourage the recipient of my gifts to open them early. So, now I have to stand strong against the kids insistent begging and pleading to open a gift for five whole days. Ugh! Why didn't we wait and do our shopping on the 23rd like normal?
I'm terrible at waiting.
The Five Posts of Christmas, Number 2:Will Santa leave presents if our tree gets tossed?
....find out tomorrow