Anna June is learning about Christmas, and both the secular and religious traditions associated with it. At church on Sunday, we were chosen to light the Advent wreath together. She wanted to be the one to light it. Visions of my beloved church going up in flames kept me with my hand on the "lighter" candle as she tried to help me. She wasn't quite tall enough, and eventually, I had to take over. I let her blow out the white candle we used to light the purple candle with, and I asked her to lay it down on the altar rail at the front of the church. She refused. I asked again. She refused again. Instead of having a fight, I picked her up and carried her, candle and all back to our pew. It's a good thing everyone thinks she's adorable.
One trick that many parents have used as a great stalling tactic is the hope of a visit from Santa. Whenever we're out and about, and AJ sees a toy or something she wants, I tell her that no, I can't buy that, but maybe she could ask Santa for it. Her list keeps growing, and changing every day. I started too early. Santa is going to need an extra sleigh. Last night, she asked for owl pajamas. Seriously? Owl pajamas? Dora and Spongebob jammies have been mentioned before, as well as apple jammies (she has some, but is sort of outgrowing them). Dora and Spongebob may be do-able. Owls? "Maybe I can ask Santa," she said.
On the other hand, in the car on Saturday, we were talking about baseball, and how AJ does not yet have a bat and ball set. Ben was angling for her to want a wiffle ball set from Santa. When she said she didn't have one, she said, "Maybe Granny Annie can send me one." Who needs Santa when you have a grandmother? Or six!
Personally, I am thinking a lot about Christmas, but I am not ready to do anything about it like bake, decorate, or shop. Just thinking about it and talking about it is about all I can do. We drove past a Christmas tree lot and Anna June declared, "I love Christmas trees!" But when I dropped her off at school, she asked her teacher, "Why do we have a Christmas tree?" The teacher replied, "Because it is Christmas time!" Well, it's not even December yet. Please give me a break. I'll get around to it.
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