I Need To Disprove The Existence Of Santa

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on November 9, 2012

in All About Me,Being Mom,Kiddos

These kids, they want things.

The want all the things to magically show up on Christmas morning, cheerily delivered by the fat man in the red suit.

To add insult to my checkbook injury, Claire’s birthday is 4 days after Christmas. Have you ever tried to tell a 6-year-old-turning-7 that she’s getting an IOU instead of giving her what she wants on her actual birthday? No, I doubt you have. I suggest you don’t do that unless you want to see the crushing look of defeat in the eyes of a spoiled child.

Yeah, my children are spoiled. Or at least MY version of spoiled. They have too much stuff. They don’t get everything they ask for; far from it. But I do have the occasional moment of weakness after hearing “can I… she has… I want… but you said…” only so many times before I crack and spend $6 on some new Webkinz stuffed crap they want.

They’re both at those ages (8 & 6) where they notice commercials, want what their friends have, and take a pen to every catalog that comes in the mailbox. Unfortunately, this means they put at the top of their Christmas lists “iPad Mini or iPad” and “iPad Mini and American Girl Doll.

You know, because anything that goes on the Christmas list is coming from Santa and Santa has an unlimited budget and can make everything they ever wanted AND MORE and anything put on a list to Santa will magically appear under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

This is why letting my children believe that a there is such a thing as The Santa Fairy (really, let’s just call him what he is) and he can make all of their consumerist dreams come true was a bad idea from the start.

We’ve convinced them that anything they ask for that’s made by Apple can’t come from Santa because Steve Jobs was a tyrant and not even Santa’s elves are allowed to make Apple products.

But that doesn’t mean my little angels are taking those wanted Apple products off of their lists? No.

That leaves us poor sap parents to crush their wee dreams of having ALL THE THINGS. We should have really thought this through from the start of this whole parenting deal and made Santa the bad guy who holds back like the Commie bastard he is.

I’m thinking of going back to the time when their toys were $12 plastic trains and $10 Jessie dolls. Those could at least be tossed aside by the first weekend of January and no one would care.

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1 Nancy (@ Spinning My Plates) November 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I hear you. My kids are learning the meaning of “priority” this holiday season and categorizing wish lists into: something I want, something I need, something I wear, something I read.

We’ll see how well I can stick to it. Gah!
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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

OHHHHH That’s a good idea!
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3 mommabird2345 November 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I always tell my kids that just because it’s on their list, doesn’t mean they are going to get it. It doesn’t matter if the list is for Santa or not. Dude, my 14yo’s list last year was an ipod touch, laptop, and an ipad. HAHAHAHA, didn’t happen.

And I totally get the birthday near Christmas thing, my youngest daughter’s birthday is Dec. 26.

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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I feel your pain and our kid’s pain.
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5 Marci (Blue Moon Babe) November 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

We have always told the kids that Santa will bring them one really good gift and the rest are from us. They still had enormously long lists – but minimized the Santa God complex. Luckily we only have 1 left that still is into Santa. The teenagers, are well aware of our monetary limitations and guilt us for it at length. Ah the joys of parenting.
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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

If only I could go back in time and A) tell them Santa is a jerk, and 2) make my kids have bad memories so they don’t remember all the good things Santa’s brought them in years past.
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7 Lance November 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

my 8 and 9 year old daughters have too much crap. They think they’re above playing with toys and are now asking for electronic devices I don’t even own, as well as expensive shoes and clothes. My wife got pissed off at the condition of their room two weeks ago, and threw out or gave away 8 bags of broken or unused toys and other stuff. My daughter didn’t even get mad. They gave a couple of Kanye shrugs and moved their beds around to they could have “late night conferences”. what?

anyway, i’m waiting for the 9-year-old to drop the bomb that she’s figured out the Santy Claus secret so some of the stress can be relieved.
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8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] November 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

Yes, exactly, to all of this. Mine could care less if we throw out 90% of what they have. All they want are tablets, games, and TV. Damn spoiled kids.
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