Monday, November 14, 2011

lying in wait

In our household, we are just beginning on the turkey craft projects and making the Thanksgiving grocery list, but all around us Christmas is attempting to steal the November limelight. I never used to understand why folks got so upset about the early celebrating; I mean, who doesn't love pretty lights?

But now, I have a three-year-old, and disadvantages to this practice are rearing their ugly heads. Let's see, how best to describe my predicament? Vivi's style of dialogue about a topic she's fond of is a mixture of Chuck Norris and J Edgar Hoover. She doesn't sleep, she waits. If we have friends or family visiting soon, she will wake me by walking to my side of the bed, leaning down, and whispering an inch from my face, "Guess what Mommy? _______ is coming soon. How many days again?"

Much as I keep Vivi in the dark about visitors until a few hours before they arrive, I like to hide the next holiday around the corner until I feel like talking to her about it twenty five times a day. And so, when I walked into Walgreen's today to find a full-on in-your-face loud display of Christmas paraphernalia and doohickies, I imagined what it would be like to march Vivi over to the manager and tell the SOB, "Here, you take my kid for the rest of the day and answer her questions about when she can have candy and Santa." 

Personally, I am a planner so love contemplating the holidays months before they are here. I love imagining the traditions we'll start and the ones we'll revive, what we'll eat and do and play with. Did y'all read Design Mom's post? I'm enacting the brilliant three-gift idea immediately.

With winter just around the corner up here in Beantown, I am ready to begin the holiday invasion. Bring it on, bitches!


Elizabeth said...

Our kids already have their holiday lists up --- Oliver wants various trucks and gifts, Allyson is not quite into it yet. So far she's requested French toast and chocolate milk ... Great picture of you two!

Justine said...

E, you are the reader extraordinaire this week! Vivi has been spouting off list ideas for the entire year, only she forgets immediately or the list changes daily. Luckily three is still young enough that any gift is a great one! Knowing this is maybe the last year I can do it, I'm getting 99% from a resale shop.

Jenny said...

Love the ideas from the website about giving to kids at Christmas! We are totally going to do the 3 gift rule when we have kiddies.

Justine said...

Jenny, I could chat all day with you about your relationship with your sisters and what traditions your parents kept with the three of you. As far as I'm concerned, your family is the model of sibling perfection! And I of course can't wait for you to have those kiddies. Henry is pretty cute too though.


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