Earlier this week after doing a lot of thinking about Christmas and how it had become out of control and how the kids weren’t really all that appreciative of the gifts they were getting and how we just have way to much crap in our house, I talked to Number 3, 4 and 5 about how there were going to be less gifts under the tree this year.
How everyone was getting four gifts — something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
I wasn’t sure how they would react.
We’ve never really had the kids make a big Christmas list. Money has been so tight the last few years that we haven’t even had them make any Christmas list, really. They’ve never looked through the Toys R Us or Target catalog and picked stuff out.
But it’s funny how as soon as they were told they could only put one thing they wanted on their list how they really started thinking.
“Mom! I don’t know what to put on my list!” they said.
And then yesterday, Number 4 said to me, “Mom, I know what I want for Christmas. And it’s not really something that can be wrapped.”
I had no idea what she was going to say. I waited for her to tell me she wanted a horse, or a vacation to Disney World or a time machine or something ridiculous.
And she said to me, “Mommy, for Christmas the thing I really want the most is to learn how to knit.”
Yes. She gets it.
I’d like to think that comes a little bit from the messages we are trying to give her at home.
But just in case, we’re gonna keep watching Little House on the Prairie.
Cause there ain’t too much knitting going on Austin and Ally, Girl Meets World, or Liv and Maddie.