This year we tried an experiment. We gave the kids each a certain amount of money which combined with their pocket money they were to budget and buy presents for the family. I figured I could go to a big shopping centre and leave them to it while I got to do my own shopping.
Well it kind of worked. My darling daughter however completely overspent and didn’t have enough left to buy something for her brother… so I had to help out there… And my son couldn’t find anything he thought his dad would like and has been in hysterics for the last three days. Still it was the first year.
I love watching the kids at Christmas. They do what I used to do. Arrange and re-arrange the pressies under the tree, feel them all carefully and try to guess what they are which reminds me of one of my husband’s favourite Christmas jokes…
Darth Vader: (deep breathy voice) “Luke. Luke. I know what you’re getting for Christmas…”
Luke Skywalker: (ignores him)
Darth Vader: (more insistant) “Luke. Luke. I know what you’re getting for Christmas!”
Luke Skywalker: (ignores him again)
Darth Vader: (very insistant now) “Luke. Luke Skywalker! I know what you’re getting for Christmas!!”
Luke Skywalker: “How do you know?”
Darth Vader: “I felt your presence (presents)!”
Ho ho ho.