It is 4 paydays to Christmas. Yes, that’s how I gauge Christmas. Kind of heretic, ain’t it. 🙂
I use to not like Christmas. Totally mental on my part. As a child I bought in to the “if you are a good girl you will get what you want”. I found that to be a total bullshit, flat out lie. I did not get what I want, I got PAJAMAS!. I didn’t get what I wanted for Christmas so I must not have been good, I was bad. Didn’t get the toy I wanted. Totally didn’t get the memo we was poor. LOL I just thought, now what the hell did I do, Santa Clause does not like me. Ahhhh the mind of a child.
I think it was in JrHi/HS when I started to understand the haves and have nots. Rich people, richer then poor, poor and dirt poor. We was just poor. We had everything we needed food, shelter & clothing. No extras. One pair of new shoes each year. If you had more then two its because you had hand me downs or you still fit in your old shoes. But that’s water under the bridge, I have now over compensated for not having multiple pair of shoes as a child. I’m okay with it. LOL
For a long time I was a December 26th kind of person. Could not wait till Xmas was over & done with. Even as a parent there was that lets get this over with feelings. The one thing I taught my kids about Christmas is that maybe you’ll get that one thing, not everything but be grateful for the things you do get because there are kids/people who get nothing. They grew up knowing that having Christmas presents in our house was directly related to paydays. LOL
Remember the Sears toy catalog or JC Penny’s toy catalog, before the days of ToysRUs; each kid had their own color highlighter and I told them to highlight everything they wanted for Christmas. Pretty much the whole catalog right? Then I told them to add it all up. Which only came to thousands of dollars, which they know was not gonna happen. So then I told them pick 100 of the things you want most and add it up. Then it went down to 50, 25 and finally pick the 10 things you really really want. Ok, you MIGHT get one or two things. That was the wish list. And I bought them pajamas.
I always feel Christmas is fun with my kids & now grandkids weather you get want you want or not. I rarely ask for what I want for Christmas because I have this childhood fear of not getting it. I hate setting up myself for disappointment. Although now its not such a big thing. I get what I get. I’m just happy not to get pajamas. LOL
My kids are big on list, about this time they all start sharing one another’s list of what do you want for Christmas. I always say, “surprise me.” And they always say “you say that every year.” Now that the kids are all grown & live in different states, any time all 3 siblings are together, that is Christmas to me.
Hmmm what do I want for Christmas? World peace? Fat chance. I want a round trip plane ticket home, 2-3 weeks condo & car rental back home. I’ve not been home since 2011. How sad is that? Think Santa Claus will come up with that? Yeah, I think I have to do my own Santa Clausing on that one. LOL Let me see, what do I need: itunes card, gift cards form where ever works for me, I need a pair of moccasins (like the real kine) . I dunno its stuff, do I need more stuff. Yes, I want a SurfacePro. That’s what I want! If “everybody” throws in for that one thing, it could happen! ❤
Be Blessed (\O/)