Dear Santa, You have been Santa for much longer than I have been Mom, and I need some advice.
Two years ago, Will and Liam wanted the LEGOS Death Star for Christmas. This chatter started in early November. They knew that was a bit much for us to spend, so they decided to ask you for this elaborate LEGOS kit. I don’t know if your elves churn out LEGOS at Christmas or if you contract with LEGOS, but either way I was uneasy with them asking you for a $400 LEGOS set. I waited until late-November, hoping the Death Star conversation would quiet down. But it just got bigger and bigger. Plans were in the making for where they would build it. The LEGOS catalog was ragged like the toy section in the old Sears catalog that my sister, my brothers and I would wish from every year.
During one of these wishful conversations, I had to hit the brakes for your sake. “Boys, I have been thinking a lot about this; I just don’t feel right about it. I need to tell you what I’m thinking. That’s a very big gift to ask for. I don’t think you’ve ever gotten anything that big from Santa. Have you?”
“Some kids just ask for food or clothes. So asking for this seems a little over the top.”
“Think about what Santa has given you in the past. Maybe you could put LEGOS gift cards on your wish list to Santa. It’s a little strange to ask for a gift card, but you could explain what you want and why you have a gift card on your wish list. You could let family know you want gift cards too. Maybe you could use some of the money you’ve saved throughout the year toward buying it. Just something to think about…”
And with that, the Death Star idea dwindled over a few days and was eventually snuffed out.
This year, Liam wants an XBOX360. I’m balking a bit, so he’s determined to ask you for it. And he has threatened me with an out-of-the-corner-of-his-eyes look and the sneaky words, “If Santa doesn’t bring it, I’ll know he’s not real.” Will flinched.
Santa, here I draw the line. You don’t threaten Mom. You don’t threaten Santa. It’s just not cool. So, you may get a letter requesting an XBOX360. If you do, let’s talk before you load the sleigh.