1. When making your last run to the store for gifts a few days before the big holiday, DO buy the oversized stuffed Yoda for your son. It will inevitably be his favorite.present.ever. Even more so than the scooter, the Star Wars legos, or the Goosebumps movie he just haaaad to have. He will put Yoda’s robe on his head and wear Yoda on his back. He will take off Yoda’s robe and wear it himself. He will carry Yoda in front of him and try to convince you that it is Yoda speaking. Gift best it will be.
2. Practical gifts ARE the biggest hits. Even though you may feel guilty for not buying an exorbitant amount of toys (which will just end up in pieces scattered all over the house anyway), you’ll feel better when your daughter wears her new polka-dot robe for days on end. When she puts on her hot pink Snuggie under it as well, along with her new fuzzy slipper socks, you’ll know it was a success.
3. Flat screen tv + Wii + OU Snuggie = Happy Husband.
4. If the weatherman says three days before Christmas that you will have a “light dusting of snow”, and then changes it to “5-10 inches”, you should probably listen. Although Oklahoma weathermen tend to cry wolf a lot, around the holidays is a time when you should probably take their words to heart. And when the term “blizzard” is used— please go buy some milk before it hits, or you’ll have an unhappy daughter when you are snowed in and don’t want to dig your way out to get to the store. And PLEASE use the restroom before beginning your drive home from work, cause you just never know when a seven mile trip will take three hours.
5. If you get sick on Christmas, it will suck. You will send your husband & kids to the in-laws to celebrate the holiday, but you will sleep on and off all day, and cry when you are awake. Spend Christmas Day alone….and you’ll have a whole new respect for those who have to do it on a yearly basis.
That being said- I hope each and everyone of you have had a Merry Merry Christmas. I’m personally looking forward to 2010- hoping to lose some bad habits and gain some new good ones. Laugh a little more. Teach the kids to ride their new bikes. Read lots of great books. Expand my cooking repertoire. Enjoy watching the kids play soccer. And most importantly– love with all that I have. There truly is no day but today.