It’s official.  I have a raging sinus infection that Princess Nagger generously gave me from her bout of a cold/flu/cough/fever that kept her out of school for two days last week.  I’m conscientious about not sending her to school when she has a fever so she doesn’t get everyone else sick.  Too bad not everyone thinks that way, since that’s how she got sick.  And ultimately me.

Since I was feeling like I’d been hit by a Mac truck yesterday, I decided not to wait and see if my regular doctor could squeeze me in, since an Express Care opened not too far from our house.  Which is another post entirely, because it’ll take up all the valuable real estate today.  Let’s just say that “Express” must mean something different in the Small Town.

Let’s talk about happier things – but instead of rainbows and unicorns, let’s talk about the Magic of Christmas.  Can you believe there are only 74 days until Christmas?

Christmas Countdown

I’ve been asking Princess Nagger and the Little Dude what they want to ask Santa for, Little Dude is easy – anything Thomas the Train or Lightning McQueen.  Princess Nagger has her sights set a little higher:

PN: “I’m going to ask Santa for an iPad.”

Me:  “An iPad?  Why do you need an iPad?”

PN:  “So I can play games on it.  I’m the greatest Angry Birds player of all time!  Or at least that’s what people tell me.  And Hungry Sharks.  Then I won’t have to bug you for your tablet ever again if I have my own.  And if I get it from Santa, it’d be free!”

Me:  “Well, Santa has a budget too, because when it comes to electronics his elves have trouble making that sort of thing.  They can make toys like nobody’s business, but when it comes to electronics the elves are all thumbs.  So even Santa has a budget when it comes to kids asking for electronics – he can get some things, but I think an iPad is outside of his budget.  He’d have to give everyone an iPad that asks for one – then he couldn’t afford to live at the North Pole anymore.  And that would make all the reindeer sad.”

PN:  “Santa has a budget too?”

Me:  “Pretty much everyone does anymore.  Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny.  The economy really has them pinching their pennies.”

PN:  “What about about the new Amazon Kindle Fire?  Is that in Santa’s budget?”

Me:  “I don’t know, maybe.  I was thinking of asking Santa for one and giving you my Kindle.”

PN:  “You mean I’d get your kindle?  For my very own?  But wait, can you play games on it?”

Me:  “Well, not the ones you’re thinking of, you’d need the fire tablet for that.”

PN:  “I was going to ask for a 3DS, but maybe Santa will bring me a Kindle Fire instead.  Yes, I think that’s what I would ask Santa for.  I’m fine with not getting a 3DS.  I’d rather have a tablet.  Any tablet.  And if I had the Kindle Fire, I could play games and read books!  I bet Santa would probably go for that.  It’s educational and fun.”

Me:  “…..”

PN:  “Wait, you’re Santa aren’t you?”

Me:  “What??  What makes you think that?”

PN:  “My best friend says Santa isn’t real, that her mom buys all the gifts.  I bet you buy all the gifts.  You must be Santa.”

Me:  “Last time I checked, I don’t have a beard, and I don’t wear a red suit. So I can’t be Santa.  I think your friend  just doesn’t believe in the magic. You’re a believer, aren’t you?”

PN:  “Well, yeah.  I do get a letter from Santa every year, and he has answered the letters I sent him – even the one you never got to see that I sent him on the computer.  So he must be real.”

Me:  “I guess you better get busy writing that letter to Santa, it’s going to get really busy at the North Pole and you want to make sure he gets your letter early enough to reply and plan his budget accordingly.”

PN:  “WooHoo! That means I am getting a Kindle Fire for Christmas!  And it’s being released on my Birthday, so it’ll be extra special!”

Great.  Now I will have to make sure I can ‘budget accordingly’ and get the Kindle Fire for her for Christmas.  Too bad Santa will be getting all the accolades for that gift.  But at least the magic will still be alive for another year.

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  1. Jude and I have a deal that if he gets honors on his report cards before Christmas, he can ask Santa for the 3DS. He chuckled wisely and said to me “You know, it would be really smart to ask Santa for that 3DS, because it’s kind of expensive, and if he gets it you won’t have to pay for it.” These children!

  2. “Santa has a budget, too” is a NICE save! I will have to be sure to remember that for when the wee ones start asking for expensive things!

    That really sucks about the sinus infection, and getting sick in general. I would get really upset when I would drop Midget at pre-school and spot some kid with HELLA mucous and a bad cough just chillin’ out like it was nothing. It was total bullshit.

    Hope you feel better soon! Happy Tuesday 🙂

  3. Oh Yucky- Hate to hear you have sinus infection. Feel better soon!!!!

    That Princess is quite the smart gal isn’t she LOL? Don’t you love how every year the presents get more & more expensive? My 12 year old about breaks me up on holidays now!
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  4. I will never forget “that conversation”, we had it on the way home from Downtown Disney on Halloween of all nights! All about SC, TF and the EB!
    I want a tablet too. I wonder if Santa can fit one in his budget for me… I guess I better get writing my letter!
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  5. The Fire is just under $200 bucks. I’ve been wanting to see one (and it’s not just because CP works for Amazon… 😉 I can’t wait to hear what you think should Santa bring PN one for Christmas.

    It’s funny, I wrote my post before coming over and we both used Christmas in our titles. It’s like fated or something. You’re one of those countdown to Christmas people aren’t you? My sister is the same way. She’s already bought gifts and everything, ugh!

    You make the rest of us look like total slackers!

    Happy Tuesday!

  6. Luckily, Sprite still believes, but I don’t know if she really GETS it. Most kids her age think Santa brings them presents. She is more of the thought process that the fat guy just raids the house for cookies during a one night binge. I swear, I didn’t tell her that.
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  7. Please, while you’re at it tell Santa I want an iPad. I can’t believe the holidays are just about here. This year has zipped out of control before my very eyes. Thanks for keeping the ramdom going! =D

  8. Sinus infections stink!
    Good dodge on the whole Santa thing. WE have a rule in our house, non believers don’t get presents from Santa and since Santa brings the best stuff, you keep on ‘believing’. At least that’s what we have told Turbo so he doesn’t blow it for Bruiser.
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  9. Now I just feel mean. We had a similar conversation with our kids last year, only it ended with us saying “Look, we buy the presents, ok?” Everything was “Well I’ll just ask Santa for it then.” You know what the crazy part was? The oldest got ticked at us for lying to them about there being a Santa. “Don’t ever lie to us again! Always tell us the truth!”

  10. I always loved how Santa wrote us letters and left our letters that we had mailed to him on the coffee table. Or he typed them on an old typewriter. It always made me feel really special even after I found out that my Mom was Santa. I’m glad that PN still believes.

    I wonder if I can convince Santa to bring me a Tablet? LOL.

  11. Hello! Julianna sent me to you, and she’s right: You are great! I love Christmas, but I don’t want an IPad. I want a laptop that actually works, unlike my old one. I am going to follow you, and I hope you’ll follow me too. I want to spend Christmas with you.


  12. Well, I feel silly. I can’t figure out how to follow you. I tried to sign in with Google Friend Connect and it wouldn’t let me. Advice, please?

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  13. I hope you have a netti-pot (and aren’t afraid to use it)!

    Love your Santa spirit! I unintentionally kept a twelve year old believing an extra year because “mom NEVER would’ve bought me that lego set”. (I admit that I did cringe a little when he announced this to his non-believing 12 year old non-believing friend on the way to school that winter.)
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  14. Oh my goodness, she was almost on to you! What a smart young lady she is! 🙂 I’m going to use that budget line on my 3 year old because he is also asking “Santa” for an iPad. Kids today are so different, I know when I was a kid I was happy with a Barbie or some kind of doll, now kids have to have electronics, sigh.. 😛

    I hope you feel better soon. I hate it when some parents still allow their kids to go to school despite being sick, sure it’s just a minor cough, cold or a slight fever, still, spreading the germs is not okay!

    Have a great Tuesday! OMG! 74 days to Christmas?! How time flies!
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  15. I think part of my problem is that the right side of your blog is cut off on my monitor so I can’t see what’s over there. I’m sure it’s MY monitor’s fault. It’s too small, just like my ex-husband.

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  16. This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses. You’ve got a design here that’s not too flashy, but makes a statement as big as what you’re saying. Great job, indeed.
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