Christmas Shopping Shenanigans
Let me give you a little background into our Christmas traditions, when it comes to gifts.My kids ask for ONE thing from Santa, and that is it. I am not even kidding, that is all they even want to ask him for. This was not even a tradition started by me, it was brought up by my daughter, Bean. She had always only asked for one, and no one ever told her to just pick one. Then in her infinite wisdom when she was just 4 (turning 5) these two little boys in front of us waiting to see Santa had these HUGE lists. Their mother told them that they could leave the list with Santa and he would bring all of it. She turned to me and told me she thought they were selfish asking so much from Santa. She said there were so many kids in the world he had to bring toys to and that it was asking not only too much of Santa, but of the reindeer too. Since that day she has continued only asked for ONE thing, and still does not ask for more.
So each year Santa will bring them the present they ask for, a BIG gift, and he fills their stocking. We usually only do the BIG gift if what they asked for is under $100. The tree is still full of presents for them to unwrap, but it is from the parents. The best part is, I wrap all the presents and hide them. Under the tree during the holiday are just the gifts from the girls to us, from the girls to each other, and other random family member gifts. The presents to them are only brought out on Christmas Eve while they are sleeping. I call it “THE BIG BOOM EFFECT.”
I usually do all my Christmas shopping from the comfort of my computer chair at home, with zero crowds. This year Bean has been lusting over the Build-A-Bear Pokemon dolls. She is pretty obsessed with them, and was even before Pokemon Go, and she has me to thank for that. We tried getting the Eevee doll, but they were sold out instantly online and no Mall in a 2 hour radius had them. We were then told Texas was our only option and that they were not coming back out. So my friend in Texas sent us an Eevee doll to surprise her Christmas morning with. I am incredibly blessed to have friends all over the country that are amazing people!
I also heard Charmander was coming out, and he was instantly sold out online, so called our closest Mall and turned out they had them there. So I got around and headed out into the crowds, I figured it was my only shot at getting him and I took it. I got there and they even had Eevee dolls, I was a little annoyed. I grabbed two Charmanders and one Eevee and then I decided to grab Everest as well. So there I was waiting in like for almost 2 hours to have 4 Build-A-Bear shells stuffed. Why so many? Here is my logic, Bug is also in love with Pokemon and she wants everything her older sister has. So I do not have a screaming toddler or an unhappy kid, I took a hit to the wallet and got doubles of each so there is zero fighting on the most magical day of the year. I also figured Everest is from Bug’s favorite show and since Skye was discontinued, I better grab her while I can. I may save it to give to her on her birthday, or maybe not. Regardless I have it for some point in the future.
Then came the pivotal moment where I went into Toys R Us to get the one present Bug wants above all, FurReal Friend Tourch, My Blazin’ Dragon. She is in love with that and has spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos about it. It is the gift she is asking Santa for and so I had to get it. There was a LONG line that people said they were in for over 2 hours and were still not close to the register. I saw that it was $80 and I figured I would look on my phone before I waited in that line. Turns out that I found it on sale at Walmart. It was sold out at my Walmart, but it was at another one. So I left the crowded super hot Toys R Us and headed to save a little money. I was just hoping it was still there! It was the last thing I was going to be buying NOT online, hopefully.
Turns out I was amazingly lucky and got it! There was only 2 on the shelves, and at first I thought they were all gone. I did a little dance and then took a selfie, and I am not kidding about the little dance. I love a great deal and when it happens to be my kids requested item of the year. I will go to crazy lengths to get the one item they really want from Santa, because they only ask for one. I figure if they just ask for the one thing, what is the harm in making sure I get it.
When Bean was 3 she asked for “Pet Gloves” and I had no idea what they were and got her to describe them to me. She said they had dogs on them. I went to several stores and searched the internet. Finally about a week before Christmas I found a pair of gloves with puppies on them on Ebay. I had to bid on them and won! YAY they arrived on the 23rd of December. It was so close, but I got them and I have kept those gloves and have them set in her box of mementos that she will someday get back. I will always remember how we told her Elf Ebay had to find those special!
I may have spent 6 hours shopping on Saturday, but it was entirely worth it. I got 5 things I really wanted for my kids and I know they will not be disappointed. I have 3 more gifts to pick out and some stocking stuffers and my kids are done. So I may only have to brave the crowds one more time, but luckily it is just local places I am going to. They tend to be a little more tame here in the sticks.
I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday shopping and just spending time with your kids. Is there a MUST HAVE item on your kids lists this year?