December: The Tree Is Up and Santa’s Checking His List
What’s On Yours?
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
The Halloween costumes have been put away, the candy all eaten, and we’ve all burped the last remnants of our leftover Thanksgiving dinners, rubbing our bellies in satisfaction, remembering to be grateful for all we have. It’s then and just then, the first snowfall hits the city and retail stores pile up not only on mountains of merchandise in pretty gift box sets, but saturate our senses with metallic ornaments, bright tree lights, and perpetual jingles that speak of snow, reindeer, gifts.
I realize then, like most do, that it’s that time of year. The year’s end culminating in the last month to celebrate the joys (and sometimes hardship) of tinsel, truffles, and gift-giving. Whether you celebrate the holiday of Christmas, it’s a season one can hardly avoid.
For my family, it’s an especially exciting time. With two young children, the wonder of Christmas is still very much alive. Not only do they anticipate receiving and opening gifts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, they look forward to writing endearing letters to their favourite annual elf, Santa—and of course, sitting on his lap, meeting him in person, and pleading their case of “good” vs. “naughty” regarding his watchful eye and what could potentially be a detrimental list.
There are those who would argue that Christmas has become far too commercialized to be authentically enjoyed, but while this may be partially true, those who usually confess this with fervor are those often most influenced by Charles Dickens’ far-from-sentimental fictional character, Ebenezer Scrooge. Christmas and consumerism? Sure. But it doesn’t have to be, if those that celebrate it choose to celebrate it otherwise.
As for my little elves, they are extremely pleased that our Christmas tree is up and lit and that some presents have sprung up under the tree—even if they’re not for them.
But that doesn’t mean they haven’t made their own lists.
My nine-year-old son would like a:
1. Perplexus Rookie
2. LEGO Star Wars Elite Clone Trooper and Commander Droid
3. LEGO Chima Speedorz Whirling Vines Set
4. LEGO Chima Leonidas Jungle Dragster Mini Figure
5. Sonic Blasting Iron Man 3
6. Angry Birds Rise of Darth Vader Board Game
7. Anakin to Darth Vader Figure
While my four-year-old daughter would like:
1. Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice Cream Parlour
2. Our Generation Horse with accessories
3. Bubble Guppies Swim-Sational School Bath Toy
4. Pete the Cat books and stuffed toy
6. Toy shopping cart with Groceries
7. Hungry Hippos Game
Since Santa has quite a bit on his hands this year, the kids will have to make do with whatever Santa’s little helpers can come up with. They have, at best, been taught to appreciate any gift they do receive at any time of the year.
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
Any bookish goodies?