Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Shari, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    I must say, perhaps this year, we got Christmas right.
    Wee's anxiety went thru the roof about 4pm on Christmas eve. He's a firm beleiver in the red-suited guy, and we hadn't visited him this year - and wee panicked, certain Santa wouldn't know what he wanted IF he brought anything at all (wee was also very worried that he hadn't been good and Santa wasn't coming).
    Some fast thinking, a quick trip to the post office, and a letter to Santa that will end up in the dead letter office, and we had a fairly content wee. He was still very worried that he hadn't been good enough for Santa to come, but he handled it.
    Christmas morning, he didn't see his goodies from Santa and thought Santa didn't come. Though very sad, he was not hysterical. It took him a while to notice the extra gifts under the tree and his stocking. In his stocking was a note from Santa, praising wee for how hard he has worked this year at school and at home. Of all the other stuff he got for Christmas, that letter is his prized possession. A nerf gun is a very close second, tho. And Santa is learning what kinds of things will fill a he brings new things to do, and he's getting better at this.
    Christmas at the Brooms' went well. We showed up at the last moment, ate, opened gifts, and came home, just as husband said.
    We scheduled our Christmas with DEX's family for last night. At the last moment, exMIL panicked that DEX would be angry if everyone met at their house and he wasn't included, so asked to come to our house. I said that was absolutely fine, but I suggested we invite DEX, too, wherever we hold it. ExMIL loved the idea. If DEX couldn't come, so be it...wee could open the gifts from him and she wouldn't feel guilty. If he could, great. If he chose not to because of whacko girlfriend, his perogative. In the end, DEX and whacko girlfriend came. We had a great time. Interaction was limited with whacko (I suspect she is aware that I have been informed of her "wishes" for me to not be around...that certainly would be uncomfortable). DEX's brother from down south was in, and we rarely get to see him because his daughter is very shy and timid and wee scares her. We limit the visits so they are good between the kids and don't scare his daughter. Wee held it together for just over 2 hours, which was the best part. And wee never fell apart, he just started randomly hitting and then clung onto someone's legs...we could see the ramp up starting, and within 5 minutes, we were out the door.
    Normal Rockwell wouldn't be famous for painting scenes from our family Christmas, but it darn sure was a Hallmark moment in my world.
  2. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    I must add, unemployment must pay well these days.

    DEX was fired a couple months ago. Whacko hasn't worked in close to a year. She's sporting an engagement ring that appears to be between a half and three-quarters carat, and they've both got new iphones (he got his a couple weeks ago after he threw his previous phone thru the wall).
  3. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    Shari, it sounds like all of you did well with ebb and flow of the days' challenges. :whew:

    Kudos to Wee for managing :thumbsup: . When Rob was his age he would work himself into a tizzy, too, so I know exactly what you were describing.

  4. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    I'm so glad you had such a memorable and relatively stress-free Christmas! It can be such a chaotic time even for PCs -- so great that wee did so well! :D
  5. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I'm glad that Wee did well and that everyone got along I assume that the engagement ring is a CZ. They have some very nice ones at Nordstrom for about $15. :p

    Norman Rockwell isn't quite right for our family, either. Perhaps Andy Warhol?
  6. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    How wonderful! You and Wee are doing so well. He is showing some control and you are learning the warning signs of when Wee is reaching his limits.

    You are a great mom! How you handled Christmas was indeed Hallmark standard. I am glad Wee was able to reach Santa in time. That letter he received from Santa will help him grow even stronger into the person he wants to be.

    Our family opens gifts on Christmas Eve to make room for Santa's gifts the next morning. Then Santa's gifts don't get buried in amongst the rest. Which is a little silly of us because Santa puts our gifts with our stockings on the couch so they wouldn't get lost among the other gifts anyway.

    So many good things are happening for Wee this fall/winter! :)