And how do you expect to get your furry, fat body through my little, bitty door? Don’t even think about enlarging it with your chisel teeth!
Although I/we had only one child, we passed on the wisdom of prioritizing and the difference between wants and needs. As a child, my parents could afford to give us two only bare essentials. Extended and church family provided the delights. We tried to give our son the top item on his list and a few smaller things. Children are easily overwhelmed by too many new things all at once. This is especially true for one with autism or ADHD. We wanted our son to have a delightful Christmas but not contribute to a sense of entitlement. As he grew up, he discovered the pride of saving for and buying something special — like his first motorcycle!
Depending on your place in the family, (and family dynamics) IOUs for everyday things: grandparents could offer to take the kids to the park: grown children could offer their parents time to reminisce together: spouses could make a pact to establish the tradition of “Date Night.” Being there for each other over time is more valuable than anything under the tree.
Unless you still believe in Santa, you’ll need a banker and a car salesman to make that dream come true.
Decorating the Christmas Tree becomes a good memory when the whole family is involved. Even unwrapping (“I remember when we got this!”) or handing ornaments to someone else to hang makes it a “together” occasion.
Memory? Their world is contained in a small space with no predators, any hunting skills and useless. Their biggest concerns are if and when someone will remember to feed them and (unless they’re in a tank with a filtration system) clean the bowl. What good is memory to a goldfish?
Or in my flower pots! Those really rotten rodents!!
And of the two, wisdom is the most valuable…and the least prevalent in today’s society.
And who will have to clean up the mess? Certainly not Mr. Stinky Socks!
But, but, but…the calendar says it’s December! If you don’t put the tree up now, there won’t be enough time to enjoy it before you take it down!