I have a Christmas wish
And it's entitled, "Let's cut our kids a little slack...because it's Christmas."
I KNOW! The HORROR! It's almost Christmas, those little elves are supposed to be ratting everyone out (while they dive-bomb the chocolate bowl) and Santa is making his list, right? Or is he making a list of parents who are so tired and can't get their sh*t together that they resort to bribing their kids with regard to the Big Guy and his flying menagerie? Cause, you know, that engraved iPod Touch can't go back to the store, so Johnny's gotta get his act together, right?
Or maybe, we, as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, you name it...maybe WE need to get our act together. Quit being so selfish and thinking that our kids have to be perfect. Quit insisting they need to be little robots and perfect in everything from school to chores. Quit insisting after a long day, that another party/conversation/event is just what they need instead of some quiet play time.
Maybe realize that the excitement they have about Christmas, whether it is about the Baby Jesus' birth or the Big Guy in Red, sometimes leads them down a not-so-primrose path. They are so overwhelmed by the events, the go-go-go of Christmas time (or Hannukah, whatever you celebrate) that they get a wee bit excited.
How about giving kids a break when their family life is a bit stressed, whether it be from a parent being overseas, numerous deaths in the family, or the state of craziness in the nation weighing them down? I don't know about anyone else, but sometimes, I think we've lost sight of the holidays. We worry more about where we can get the best deal, instead whether we are all sitting down together for dinner at night. We fret if stores aren't open late, and we worry about quantity vs. quality under the tree, instead of being grateful that we can have a tree and presents. Most of all, though, we spend entirely too much time worrying, and not enough time enjoying the existence we are lucky enough to still have.