(This is a continuation of a previous blog. Click here to read it.)
After my Santa debacle (and yes, another flaw in my logic was that I shouldn't have put the present out before the 25th) I redeemed myself.
We bought Olivia a scooter and a Frozen backpack with lights. I wrapped the gifts and used my LEFT hand to write the "From Santa" gift tag. I hid the boxes in my closet where she did not find them.
On Christmas morning, Olivia woke up before me. I panicked and when she was dressing, I ran like Usain Bolt to grab the Santa gifts and put them under the tree. Claus was already up and cooking breakfast (oh, yes, I married well) and laughed at me.
When Olivia came near the tree to unwrap her gifts, she immediately noticed the new boxes. Kids are so funny. She keeps her finger on the pulse of the gift pile.
I myself never would have noticed if there was a new present under the tree. To me, it all looks like a fairy threw up - one big lump of glitter and shine.
I could care less about what I'm getting for Christmas. That's because I'm old and I have a zillion other tasks, concerns, and worries taking up my headspace (IE, my great aunt was taken off life support on Christmas Eve.) Wow, being an adult is a whole lot of fun.
So back to the joy of Christmas for children. Olivia excitedly opened the two boxes Santa gave her. She was thrilled to get the gifts she asked for (two of the items listed on her THREE PAGE LIST.)
Then she questioned, "How did he know? I never mailed my list to Santa."
I looked at Claus. OMG I cannot win!
This is probably the best use of my newscasting ad lib skills ever, because I paused and then said (I hope smoothly), "I think Santa knows the minute you write it. He doesn't need you to mail it to him because his elves read it and reported back to him."
She absorbed that for a minute and then accepted that explanation. That was the longest minute I spent all day.
How many times in one Christmas season could I possibly nearly ruin the Santa myth? Would I need to keep tap dancing and coming up with stupid excuses to explain the holes in Santa's actions?
I think next year I need to make my own list and check it twice... on how to properly conduct the Santa gift delivery.
1) Actually mail the wish list to Santa
2) Write the gift tag with left hand
3) Do not put the present under tree until after midnight 12/24