Monday, August 23, 2010

Christmas in August

I made a horrible mistake on Saturday.  It started out innocently enough, but was obviously not very well thought out on my part.  The innocent part involved Mommy making dinner small talk with Samantha at the table while she ate.  It involved asking her the usual, "did you have fun today?" which was, as usual, followed by "no."  Ummm...Sweet Pea, we went to the water park where you had a ball and were so tired you didn't make it out of the parking lot awake...  Of course, the more tired she is, the more likely she is to answer "no" to everything that's asked of her.  So I tried a different tactic.  I thought I'd ask her something more abstract, something that she might be inclined to answer, or at least think about.

I asked her what she wanted for Christmas.  I figured, what the heck, let's get a jump on it this year, and see if she'll actually tell me what she wants.  After a slightly blank look, I re-phrased the question.  "What do you want Santa to bring for you this year at Christmas?" 

And her response??  "Santa coming!!!"  She went on to tell me that when she woke up in the morning, Santa would come.  And something about cookies.  Ahhhhhh. 

Me:  Santa's not coming tomorrow.  Santa's coming at Christmas, when it's cold outside.

Samantha (very excited):  Christmas is cold!  Snowing!

Me:  Yes, when it snows.  Santa will come at Christmas, after we put up the Christmas tree, when it snows.

Samantha (jumping down from her chair and running to the front door, trying to open it):  Santa coming! 

So we went outside, to sit on the front steps, and wait for Santa.  She finally determined that Santa was sleeping, and I seized the opportunity to explain that yes, Santa is sleeping, until Christmas, when our Christmas tree is up, after it's cold and when it's snowing.  Yesssss!

I felt that it had passed.  We were safe, I was in the clear.  Whew!

Until bedtime, when she told me that when she woke up, Santa would come.  *sigh*

Morning would bring a new day, I thought, and I wouldn't mention Santa, and she will have forgotten about him.  Until morning.  First thing she said when she woke up was, "I wake up!  Santa coming!"  Yep.  Then on Sunday afternoon she proceeded to make up a song that she danced around her room singing, while shaking (coincidentally, I think) some jingle bells that she pulled out of a drawer.  The song, while I couldn't catch all the words, was something about good morning, wake up, Santa coming. 

I never did find out what she wants for Christmas.


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Lacey said...

Oh no! She'll probably mention it everyday until Christmas now!

Debbie @ Three Weddings said...

It looks like you need a really long Advent calendar this year. I thought it was bad when hubby brought up that his birthday is coming ... in October!

Cindy said...

Too funny!! :)

Carrie said...

LOL! That is too cute!

Dawn said...

Okay, you made me snort my drink out while reading that one. I think I'll consider myself lucky that Taylor doesn't understand Christmas. *laughs*

Also, it's nice to know that someone else's child says "NO" just like Taylor. Taylor didn't have issues with using "yes" & "no" inappropriately until she had a stroke following brain surgery in 2003.

She's gotten better but I hate having to ask her something twice in order to get the "yes".

P.S. While I was reading your blog, Taylor was standing behind me and just become enthralled with Sammi's picture. She usually doesn't react to pictures, but she kept pointing at your blog header. I had to keep her from touching my LCD screen. She got mad when I scrolled down.

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

oh no! we have recently had thoughts of santa coming from anne (maybe it is their age???) --- out of nowhere about a week or two ago she mentioned "Crispy" (the name she gave our elf from the elf on the shelf book - very cute book, by the way) and how he is watching her and santa is watching her. she has also wanted to sing some christmas songs --- a little early. hopefully samantha will forget about santa soon until it gets a little closer to christmas :)

Jennie said...

That's hilarious! (easy for ME to say... I don't have a kid asking for Santa every day for the next four months!)

Renee said...

Oh, that is funny and cute! I noticed she mentioned snow and Christmas and Santa. I think all the little kids in our area think it snows every winter like it did last year. Some of them (like my son) will probably be disappointed this year.

stephanie said...

Oh that's so sweet!!! All I can say is you better start early this year. How long can she possibly wait!!
Love it!

evrfwd said...

oh girl, i love your stories! they are so funny. i think santa needs to wake his bum up and come see sammi! hehehe

rickismom said...

LOL! IF it continues, maybe Santa can bring her some cookies one day, a special one-time trip????