Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas for $5

So I thought maybe this year I would get a picture of Connor in his Sunday Christmas outfit after church...just so my mom could see how cute he was in the outfit she got him. But he was much more interested in the candy cane Sis. Stewart gave him in nursery. I know...I am a terrible mom for giving my child candy in his nice clothes. But I can't help it--those candy canes (or "candy things" as he calls them) just make him so dang happy. When Santa gave Connor one after he sat on his lap, he talked about it for days--not that he saw Santa, but that Santa gave him a candy thing. Connor's perfect Christmas--a box of candy canes for $1.

But, being the dutiful parents we are, we insisted on getting him several other Christmas presents. It is so hard when your two year-old looks at you and says, "Maybe Santa bring me ____?" to not jump in the car, drive the the store, and pick up the coolest ____ you can find.

However, we soon discovered we should have resisted the urge. One of the biggest hits of Christmas was a mop--yup, a mop. Our son has an obsession with items used for cleaning. So when he opened up the red, black, and white mop (that we got at Walmart for $3.88) he almost couldn't contain himself.

Five days later, it has already made a trip with us to St. Louis and back. Did you know it can also double as a sword? And reach the front seat in our van to poke mommy? It is such a handy tool.

I don't know why we ever thought we needed to spend a lot on Christmas, when true happiness can be achieved with just a five dollar bill.


LewisMcLaughlinFamily said...

Very true. My boys always like the cheapest present the best. As for the mop as a sword, my boys turn everything into a sword, I think it is just a boy thing.

Merry said...

I loved this post! I just finished reading a book called "Simplify Your Christmas" and it talked about doing just that: spending less on Christmas, and not buying things that your kids don't need just to get them more presents. A very interesting book, and hopefully something I can remember for future Christmas'. I'm glad a Merry one!

The Welborn Family said...

I loved it when life was so simple. It won't be long until every commercial he sees he will want to buy it! I love the mop-wish my kid was into cleaning. :)

Rebecca said...

A mop can totally be a sword. I'm impressed that he also used it to get your attention. That is hilarious!