I was about five or six when I figured the whole Santa thing out. My brother and I used to snoop in our parent’s closet..under the bed…in the cupboards… finding the unwrapped gifts that would miraculously end up under the tree Christmas morning with the tag “from Santa.”
I remember being about seven or eight watching my parents around the corner of the family room as they stuffed our stockings and I wondered if they knew that I knew that the gig was up…as I was sure not talking.
Finally when they gave up on the “Santa is real” thing they would just put all of the presents under the tree before Christmas – which was truly a beautiful thing as they were both working parents so after school I would carefully unwrap everything and re-wrap it before they got home.
I had no surprises Christmas morning.
By the time I was in junior high my mom would drive around the whole month of December with my presents in her car trunk so I could not open the damn things. Drove me nuts.
Sometimes I think that at nine, Eloise knows who the real Santa is…but she would never question it nor talk to her sisters about it. I would like to think she will believe for as long as Astrid does.
She’s such a better kid than I was. She cares about the magic and will keep it alive for a very long time…because that’s what it is. Not the guy in the red suit…it’s the magic.
If you are a santa house – how old were you when you stopped believing in the big man in red? ( or does your mom still not know that you know…no worries…your secret is safe with me)
And I need wine because I cannot craft. And I hate glitter. And I admit I get all judgey on mom’s who make organic play-doh. Mainly because you never make enough for us.
I was so sick this week because evidently I will be the first to go in the Rapture. Also I need to get pregnant stat so I can have another toddler to keep that potty chair handy for emergencies. Thank you again to my sweet neighbor, Ami for the ginger ale and bonbons. xo
Yo Elmo fans – if you are in the Minneapolis area – you can win FOUR tickets here – low entries..you know you want to see Elmo, yes?
And I finally figured out why I don’t have any mom friends.
Also, did I tell you that I am now contributing to Savvy Sassy Moms – well I am and this week I posted about the latest trend of Animal Hats. Oh my word my kids love these and they seriously crack me up. I love a fun and silly trend.
I also wrote a post this week for All Things Chic with some great ideas for stocking stuffers for tweens. One of the items I mentioned are called Jiggysticks! I bought these for my kid’s stockings but gave them this gift early as these lip balms are so amazing and it’s been so dang dry here. (I need to place another order.)
I love supporting small companies and love this natural product that the family is making in memory of the beautiful daughter they lost. I would love for you to read their story. ..and check out their yummy flavors.(note: they don’t know me – I am just in love with the lip balm and love sharing finds with you all)
So do you have all of your Holiday shopping done? I do NOT. GAH!