See what happens? See what happens when I am ambitious and prepared and ahead of the game? Backfire!
Each and every year I try and jam all of my Christmas shopping into the last few days before Christmas. I drive myself crazy running around trying to figure out what to get my nutty children. I don't want to get too much. I don't want to get too little. We don't go for big ticket items. We don't do too many "trendy" toys. I try and find the perfect balance between getting them some of the things that they have asked for and also the toys I know they will play with and enjoy. I always want to find gifts that are just right and apparently I like to wait until the very last moment so I can put my anxiety levels at maximum capacity.
Not this year! This year I am on the ball. With the help of online shopping, and huge deals at local stores, I completed all of my Christmas shopping within the first few days of December. Hallelujah! Rejoice! I am awesome. This year I will not be running from store to store like a maniac three days before Christmas. Yay, me!
I managed to find the very items that my kids have been begging me for these last few months. Angry Birds, Pokemon, Ninjago, books, and Barbies, all at discount prices. Plus I found deals on needed items (like clothes) and stuff they didn't ask for but will love (like bean bag chairs and remote control toys). I was so pleased with myself.
Until last night.
As I was rushing to finish addressing my Christmas cards before dinner Joey came into the library and began talking about Christmas.
"Mom, I love Scraggy and Pidove from Pokemon. I really want one for Christmas." Joey informed me.
"What? You told me that you don't even like Pokemon. You like Ninjago." I gently reminded him.
"Not any more. I can't stand Ninjago. It's dumb." said the boys who begged for months and months and months for anything and everything Ninjago. Ninjago books, Ninjago LEGOS, Ninjago tv shows.
"WHAT? You've been telling me for months that the one and ONLY thing you want for Christmas is Ninjago!" I practically screamed.
"I like Pokemon now." Joey told me again, this time in a whisper.
"Well, ya know what Joey? I suspect that you'll get what you get and you won't mind a bit. RIGHT?" I prodded.
"Uh. I guess." the very wise child said.
Good thing I take my kids' requests with a grain of salt and only purchased one or two smaller Ninjago items (which he will still receive and be THANKFUL for- dammit). THIS is why every year I only go along with a couple of the wish list items and then Santa brings them stuff that they never knew they always wanted. It all works out in the end. I hope.
Besides, there is still time for him to change his mind a few (hundred) more times.