Christmas is coming and I’m stuck, as I always am. I don’t believe in perpetuating the Santa myth. I believe that Christmas is for loving people openly, and giving people tokens of that love, and of cherishing small moments in the wide abyss of time. Last year I wrote about Santa and I feel the exact same way this year with a year of parenting under my belt. But I’m one-half of this parenting team, so if Ross wants to perpetuate Santa, I am racked with guilt about poo-pooing Santa. So instead, I’m going to try and shut my mouth. Also, a compromise: I won’t give any gifts to Kale from “Santa”, but I’ll go along with it if there is something under the tree marked To: Kale From: Santa.
My girlfriend Lindsay asked the other day what Kale “wanted” for Christmas. The thing with Kale is that an empty snack container from the recycling will give him just as much joy as the hottest toy. So I replied that he needs nothing, because he truly needs nothing. He has plenty of toys, plenty of clothes, and plenty of everything else. A donation to his RESP will be the most appreciated gift, because I will do my damnedest to ensure this kid can do whatever he wants to in a post secondary frame of mind, even if that means 7 years of school or having to go to London to accomplish that. My friend Jocelyn wrote a really timely post with some great gift ideas for the kids in her life, and there are some tips in there I’m personally taking for the kids in my life. Lindsay could wrap up a empty facial tissue box and Kale would love it.
This holiday season we are headed to Alberta for a change of pace. We’re off to see my brother and his wife. It’s a trip Ross and I are looking forward to because we truly do not see enough of my brother and sister in law for our liking – they are fun and interesting people that we get along well with. So, it’s sad when we only can coordinate our collective schedules enough to see each other annually. I’d like to show Kale snowshoeing, I’d like to see a number of friends, and I’d really like the chance to see Melanie and her clan since her most recent trip to Vancouver was filled with robo-puking and we didn’t get to see them.
Ross and I have also asked his brother if its okay if we only purchase gifts for our children and because they just bought a house and got married, that suits them just fine. I’ve already picked up their son’s gift, so I am all set there. In years past, Ross and I have given our gift giving parameters – one year it was handmade, another year it was $50 or less. This year we’ve decided that the hitch is that it’s one gift only. I have some ideas, but hoo-boy. This means there is only one chance. Ross also hasn’t dropped any hints for that one particular thing, either, so I’m really going to have to get creative.
What about you guys? Got any special Christmas wants? Got any special holiday plans?