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Sometimes kids just don’t understand…

Forgive me, this is yet another reblog from a Christmas long ago (5 years 12/19/2013). From back when I still was creative and these darn kids didn’t wear me out so much.  And since lots of things are going on right now, let me introduce you to 3D of Christmas’s past….

Merry Christmas week everyone!

Hello Life in 2D! Yes I said 2D today. I am just feeling uninspired this week. You know, with the Big Day coming up. Things to do. Do we have enough time? Wrap all the gifts. Other than trips to the doctor I’m just not feeling so inspired this week. Just kinda tired.

I do my best thinking in the shower.


The down side to ‘brainstorming’ in the shower is that there is nothing to write with.  So I have to hurry up before I run out of hot water.

So this is what I came up with…

My 3 year old still wants to know why Santa didn’t bring her presents last night, since we have all these decorations up?

I try to show her the Advent calendar but she still doesn’t understand. So it had me thinking about some of the other things our kids don’t quite grasp about Christmas.

Here is a Top Ten List of things our kids just don’t understand about Christmas:

1.    Some of Santa’s elves just wrap toys better than others. It has nothing to do with skill or the amount of time left to wrap them.
2.    The being “Naughty” or “Nice” list does not begin two weeks before Christmas. Santa and Santa’s elves actually DO watch them all year long.
3.    You can’t play with just one toy before opening every package that Santa and your grandparents bring.
4.    The elves designed some toy packages to ‘ship safely’ and not packaged  to immediately play with. Dad just needs some breakfast Christmas morning before he commits to untangling the maze of wires and twists or ‘assembly’ in order to get to the toy; or else it could get broken Christmas morning.
5.    If a toy breaks Christmas morning Santa can not bring you a new one over night. A whole new ‘Naughty or Nice’ list begins Christmas morning.
6.    Santa can make it down the chimney. Sometimes he just needs to make several trips. There is no need to leave the door open this year; or a window open over night.
7.    Santa’s presents really DO have something to do with somebody’s birthday. Just not their birthday.
8.    The toys are not more important than the thought or the love behind them; even the sweaters or the books you did not ask for.
9.    Santa only makes the toys. He does not bring the batteries too.
10.    Mommy and Daddy really do want to take a nap after opening all the gifts that morning.

Dylan, you can't stick the ornament on the tree by 'pressing' on the treeNo Dylan. You cannot make an ornament stick on the tree by pressing on the tree

What are some other things your kids do not understand about Christmas?

Please feel free to offer them below. Maybe one of us has an explanation. And there is no such thing as exaggerating too much.

Go ahead…embellish!

Merry Christmas!

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22 thoughts on “Sometimes kids just don’t understand…

  1. Merci mon amie! It was a fun list. 😀 I hope you are enjoying your holidays too. Thank you for dropping by!

  2. I really like your list 🙂

    Happy holiday season for you too

  3. Yes i remember lying in bed waiting for the time we were allowed to get up Christmas morning, although I would secretly get up an hour earlier to see what Santa had brought me. Now I lie in bed waiting for the kids to get me up. And they seem to take forever to finish unwarapping everything. I want to show them how its done (tearing open the wrapping paper) but my wife will give me an elbow and tell me to let them do it. I really need a mini breakfast first…in my bata! congrats on getting your kids where they are today! It is my goal…Thanks for dropping by Maria! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. He is funny SSM! lol …he seems like a bit of a schemer. He is still young to be blaming some ideas on his body parts. I didn’t come up with that idea until my late teens. He sounds super cute but you’ll have to keep your eye on that one..What is a ‘reverse-sexist remark anyway? 🙂 As always, thanks for dropping by Ms. SSM! Always great to hear from you!

  5. My dream us to make my stuff into a game, one you read and theres images and music. Books are boooring.

    Im sooo near to finish the writing and enter the drawing part. It does sound fun and I would try to do it, but Im short of time now cause I got bad sick and Im recovering at the moment.

  6. Our littlest one informed me this evening that his tummy, his neck and his mouth needed to sample the gingerbread house decorations before they go on the house. Last night he said his eyes needed to see RIGHT NOW what’s under ALL the numbers on the Advent calendar. He is blaming his body parts for his temptations. If I were a feminist, I’d make a reverse-sexist crack about his being all-boy. But I’m not, so I won’t… 😀

  7. So you don’t want to give the kids books although you are writing one(s)? …and trust me these spoiled little girls do get tiny little presents everyday. They just don’t realize its from Santa(s). I like your plan about the chimney certifiers, as we don’t have one and need one. Looks like we will have to let the back door open again this year. Can you draw up the chimney plans?

  8. Maybe Santa should bring everyday little presents from the decorations up until xmas, like a donut or chocolates each day.
    Books? Naughty Santa.
    A good idea could be that, you should call an “architect” in order to have your chimney “certificated for Santa”, every year. The architect himself informs Santas office, and then receives confirmation that they got it.

  9. It’s tough when they are small! So much to take in that in reality makes no sense. I remember being so exhausted every Christmas morning! They get up so early when young! Now, we have to wake up our teens! Makes it for a nice morning. No going to sleep late assembling toys. You will get there soon enough. No sense in rushing it Enjoy this stage and you will enjoy the next stages too. 🙂

  10. Thanks Andy! 🙂 !

  11. Thank you Diana! I’m feeling more like 3D already! WAARM wishes for a happy and memorable Christmas for you and your family too Diana! Thank YOU for all your support over the last few years! May 2014 be your best year yet.. Merry Christmas!

  12. Michaeala was pretty easy-going about Christmas. Andy, I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and may you feel a whole lot more 3D than 2D in 2014!

  13. We are in the house that had to summon Santa early again this year. This takes some planning. However, I love the 8 year old mind, which pretty much knows even though there is something REALLY suspicious about Santa and all the magic that surrounds him, the need to believe is still so strong that parents can get away with a lot. Not sure how long it will last, but we’re grabbing it with all 4 hands while it does! Christmas looks magical at your house, hope it’s grand!

  14. errr, I hate when they out smart me…and seem to be twisted in each direction instead of one or the other. I hope you have a great big fun week too Karen. Merry Christmas!

  15. Well said. Sweet days, Andy. Have fun next week with those plastic toy wires!

  16. Lets hear it for the noiseless Christmas toys! Your Christmas morning tradition is similar to ours, if you call a normal breakfast Christmas cookies as they help with better pictures as in “stop and smile for the camera and I’ll give you another cookie”. ~Dad still gets his whole grain. And the taking a nap in the same room part. lol You guys must really be tired! Thanks for dropping by Leeanne. I look forward to hearing more about your Holiday and give those twins a hug for me.

  17. Love this. Here’s what we’ve done. We “created” a Christmas morning tradition. After opening presents at some un-Godly hour, we give our twins a normal breakfast and then Mommy and Daddy take a nap in the same room as the kids watch a Christmas cartoon or play with their (noiseless) toys. Then Mommy makes an awesome brunch..after she sleeps.

    Also, for the shower brainstorm…buy yourself a stocking stuffer: http://www.myaquanotes.com/

  18. Thanks for stopping in Derek. My wife might say that makes you ‘more’ strange if you are thinking like me! She can’t appreciate a good shower! Merry Christmas Derek!

  19. My 4 year old has been asking for two weeks if it is Christmas Eve yet. Everyday he tells me that “you told me it was today.” Of course, I never did. Really fun. As a side note- I do my best thinking in the shower too. My wife thinks I am strange, but now I don’t feel as strange.

  20. Fave Sister In Law on said:

    My little Diva doesnt understand some “toys” are not age appropriate. Why is my 6 yr old asking for a cell phone?????????????

  21. Yes I should have been an Ebay hoarder! Our kids get visited from the Santa from Target! Shhhhh. I haven’t told them about Ebay yet. Good Luck getting the kids ‘essentials’. They’ll be happy with them.

  22. My kids just don’t understand that some toys just cannot be made by Santa and so Santa may elect to get other toys on the list instead… Especially when they are sold out and are going for hundreds of dollars more than the cost on E-bay.
    Your list fits some of the things my kids need to learn too.

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