12.08.2009

All I Want For Christmas Is My Five Front Teeth...

We went to our first Christmas brunch last Sunday ... the first of many this upcoming holiday season. It was a wonderful morning with good food and special friends. Santa showed up as well bearing gifts for all the kids, though we were thankfully forewarned that he'd be doing so. On the way to the brunch, we feebly attempted to teach the girls a life lesson about Santa bringing gifts only to the kids who celebrated Christmas; how they should be happy for those kids, that they'll be getting their gifts for Hanukkah, and sure they could still sit on his lap for photos... yada, yada, yada. Of course it ALL painfully backfired when the four other Jewish kids there received gifts from Santa. Try explaining THAT one to a sassy six year old.

To add insult to injury, the girls complained the entire ride home about the gifts, with Riley even adding in that maybe Santa would bring her gifts when she was older if she married someone who wasn't Jewish. Um... yes, she did say that.

We had an enjoyable time, despite leaving five minutes too late. For in those last five minutes, all the kids were running around having a grand time, when Riley came up to me bawling. She finally caught her breath and opened her mouth to ask if it was bleeding. Why, yes it was. Apparently, during their game of wild tag, one of the boys ran around flailing his arms, and without knowing it, he clocked Riley in the mouth, all but knocking out her tooth. Once I cleaned up her mouth, we saw the tooth was hanging by less than a thread, and with a light tug, I pulled it out. Now it was really time to go.

In the end Riley really did get a gift that day ... the tooth fairy made her fifth visit in less than a month. And Sheridan? She opened a pack of new underwear ... in hopes that she'll decide to stop wearing pull-ups to bed at night. I told her that if she could go 3 nights without peeing in her pull-up that she could wear her new panties to bed. She was very excited, though she sheepishly asked me before going to bed if she could push it back one more day. In the less than ten minutes she had it on, she already peed in her pull up.




Photos of all the kids and their first time on Santa's lap.
L to R... Riley in 2004, Sheridan in 2005, and Grady last Sunday








9 comments:

Mom24 said...

Oy! The Santa thing. So, so hard. I suppose you explained Santa gave them a present at the party to be polite, but that he wouldn't come at night because...wow! that is a toughie. Tell Riley Santa doesn't come for grownups, the marriage thing won't make a difference. :-)

You're a better mom than me, I think I'd be having a little chat about the facts of life about Santa. (I can't believe I said that, but she's not leaving you much choice.)

Good luck with Sheridan...I'd gladly deal with Pull-Ups than wet sheets. yuck.

Z. Marie said...

It works both ways. When Laura was in kindergarten, she asked me what Hanukkah was and why we didn't celebrate it. You obviously have a lot more marketing and peer pressure to deal with, though.

Christy said...

That comment Riley made about marrying to see Santa later made me laugh! Sorry! She's funny. Great photos - and ugh sounds like you did stay a few minutes too long!

Natalie said...

Marrying for Santa privileges! Oh, now I have heard it all!!! Laughing fit to bust.

Natalie said...

And of course, total empathy on the pull-ups deal. Diaper dog came to our house last night and sniffed out ALL the daytime diapers and took them away. Good dog! Maybe it will work...we'll see...

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Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

Marrying someone not Jewish made me giggle. Riley is a quick thinker :)

That girl is not gonna have any teeth at the rate she is losing them.

My son lost all 4 top front teeth leaving only his fangs so he looked like a Vampire and I hate to say it but it stayed that way for a whole year. He looked so DOOFY in all the pictures that year.

He finally got his 2 front teeth and it has taken a addition 6 months for the side tooth next to the front to come in and the other one is still missing. I had to have the dentist check the xrays to make sure he for sure had teeth that were gonna come in because they have been gone for so long.

American in Norway said...

Oh bless.... but she does have a quick wit doesn't she? LMAO..

Natalie said...

Hey Jill, saw this and totally thought of you. You've probably seen it before but I loved the Santa bit: http://www.sncmusic.com/video/christmas-can-can-1/

Happy holildays!

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