Tuesday, December 8, 2009

bah-humbug!

I'm really having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year!
Yeah, I got the tree up and a few decorations.

Maybe it's because I didn't put out half of my Christmas "stuff" this year because of the pup.

I'm really missing my nativity scene. I don't dare put it out.
It's all hand made by a woman from my church back in Kalamazoo who is a weaver.

The worst part is I'm not even sure where it is. I keep it in a separate box with cedar so it doesn't get eaten by moths.
I have a vague memory of showing to the mover guy who was packing my basement up and labeling it as an item to take "extra special care of". Um, yeah....

Or maybe it's because I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet. I have four kids who claim to have no idea what they want for Christmas.

That is disturbing on many levels.
Yes, it would be nice to believe that they are just a bunch of sweet, selfless teens who are seeing beyond all the hype of the holiday season and are realizing the "true meaning" of Christmas. They don't need the stuff...

But that's not what I'm thinking.

I'm guessing that as parents maybe we give them too much year round so they don't "need" or "want" anything.

That or they are too lazy to figure it out.

They have grandparents who like to get their shopping done before all the last minute madness starts. A list would be nice for them too.

I'm almost afraid to ask if this is this a normal teen thing? And I'm refusing to just give them money for Christmas. But the longer this goes on the more of a Scrooge I become.
bah-humbug!
Here's all that puppy wants for Christmas
"His two front teeth"

13 comments:

tea said...

I know when my siblings and I got older it was harder to think of things we wanted for Christmas. I'm not sure why. We weren't spoiled with stuff or anything. I guess maybe because we were done with toys? That's probably not helpful, but I do remember that stage in our family. The good thing is, if they really don't care, then good movies or cds or something will probably be good gifts. Sorry, I'm rambling. :)

Brian Miller said...

ok, there was another post here that had a title that made me really want to read it...

snap out of the bah humbugs! though money is nice...maybe it could be a family event where everyone goes to pick theirs out together? i dunno...

so where did that other post go? smiles. (its not even 2:30!)

mommyto3kiddos said...

Yeah, I was looking for the 2:30 post also. :)

You know, I'm kind of that way. And it's not because I have a ton of things either. Maybe they aren't much in the "Christmas" spirit either? That's partly why I don't really want anything for Christmas...I've got the bah humbugs myself. What if you adopted a family and you let your kids go out and pick out stuff - if my kids were older, I would so do that! They might have fun picking out presents (get a family with small children) and they'd get blessed at the same time.

Travis said...

I say get them very specific gift cards.

Like, try to find a place that specializes in that.

"Here's your gift, kiddo. It's a $20 gift card for oranges at Wal-Mart!"

That'll teach em.

tori said...

Brian and Mel...I erased it! After I did I wished I hadn't. For some reason I always feel awful erasing something I write even if I didn't like it much! I should have just saved it. I was questioning if I should have even posted it...and I didn't get any response so I erased it early. Now you're probably even more curious.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Don't you love when puppy teeth fall out!! I am always a scrooge....

rxBambi said...

I could still read the post in Google Reader! LOL SUCKAS! I GOT TO READ IT! HA!

Just TELL yourself you are in the Christmas spirit. It works. Trust me.

blueviolet said...

I seriously cracked up over the prior post! But, I hear you on this. The longer they procrastinate with the lists, the more of a chore it all becomes and it takes the fun right smack dab out of it!

The Graceful Stitch said...

I just had this conversation with my Mother-in-law last night. Honestly, I'm feeling alittle convicted that my kids have too much stuff. I can't remember a time growing up that I EVER told my parents I could'nt think of anything. NEVER! Let me know if you figure it out!

tori said...

ooo! it is still in google reader... :)

Kelly Polizzi said...

lol thats a great pic of your dog. At least he knows! They probably just trust that you will get them something nice!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

The day my kids don't make a list a mile long, I will probably faint with shock.

Mrs Montoya said...

I get the frustration of not having a list. I am SO grateful that I am still in charge of my people's world. I am SO not ready to beg them to let me buy them something. Bah Humbug indeed!!!!