How do you choose who gets what present for Christmas?
I hate asking, What would you like for Christmas? It takes the surprise out of it.
Here's what my children Diane and Molly used to do to me.
Kids: Mom, we never know what to get you for Christmas. This year, make a list of everything you would like to have and put the one thing you want at the top of your list.
Me: It will take all of the surprises out of Christmas morning.
Kids: If you don't cooperate you'll end up with socks, glove, and a scarf again this year. Oh, yeah, and we never forget the chocolate covered cherries. You don't have to put those on the list.
Me: When do you want this list?
Kids: Two weeks. In two weeks we'll give you and Dad our lists and you guys can give us yours.
Two weeks past and we are all at the kitchen table having dinner.
Kids: We have our lists do you have yours? (They look from me to their Dad and give us huge smiles)
Jump forward to Christmas morning. Five-thirty a.m. actually. Molly could never wait. ( Sometime
I'll tell you how excited she was to go swimming on vacation and jumped into the deep end of the swimming pool before she could swim.)
The kids could never remember who helped clean the kitchen last or took out the trash, but they took turns giving out presents each year. They never forgot whose turn it was.
Everyone gets their first present and we wait our turn to open them so we could ooh and aww at the gifts we each received.
The first present wasn't on my list.
The second wasn't on my list, nor was the third, or the fourth.
As a matter of fact, I did not get one of the presents I put on my list.
I didn't want to act ungrateful or embarrass them so I let it go.
Next year-repeat of the year before.
So I asked, "why do you ask for a list when you never by anything I write down
Answer: If we bought you the gifts on your wish list you wouldn't be surprised.