Christmas is drawing near. This year, I have a quandary.
Most presents have been bought, and many already have been wrapped and are stored temptingly under the tree. I had thought the ones left unwrapped were well hidden. That was until the day I left the boys at home by themselves.
When I came home, one of the boys tells his sister, “I know what mom and dad got you for Christmas, Barbie Mega blocks.”
I thought this to be just a guess, as she wanted them so very much. Girl building bricks were on the top of her Christmas list. Plus, it wasn’t true; none of the presents from mom and dad under the tree were building bricks. There were some being stored for Santa, but those were well hidden. He could not have meant them.
Later that day, this same son lets me know that his Christmas wish list has been updated to include a huge remote control truck. Interesting, as that’s what Santa has in store for him. He should be very happy Christmas morning.
That evening, the both boys were examining our video collection. When they came across a particular one, they got excited and wanted to go tell their father that we do indeed have this movie. Now, I am fully suspicious, we have a second copy of that movie in the same hiding place that we are storing the presents from Santa.
It’s left over from many Christmas’s past when we bought multiple copies of that movie for many different kids in our life. We were not aware until later that the parents of one intended recipient had already bought him that movie. So we have two copies.
Why did the boys want their dad to know we already had that movie? Did they see the other movie and suspect it was for them? When they had no good explanation for why their dad had to know we have that movie, my suspicions were confirmed.
Now, I have to decide what to do. One suggestion has been to return the gifts and exchange them for ones the children have not seen. That’s a no go. Santa always gives my children the perfect presents, and this year will be no exception. The gifts are too cool to return.
I could always try to explain it away. The tooth fairy was ever grateful when I explained to the boys that she hadn’t been able to visit because it was too cold to fly without wing heaters and all sets were in need of maintenance.
The next night, my younger son had enough faith in the story and in the fairy herself that he “saw” the wing heaters when she visited.
I could always do the gift shuffle with remaining presents that are not yet wrapped. It might be nice to get credit for the cool things Santa buys one year. Next to the gifts that he and the grandparents buy, mom and dad end up looking cheap. Santa could be the cheap guy this year.
Or I could just go on with the plan. And if the kids ask why Santa is giving them the things they saw stored in the closet, I can tell them the truth about who and what Santa really is.
Eagle River’s Lori Spears is the wife of a captain in the U.S. Army.