Merry, Merry Dingleberry

Come November, when the grocery store started in heavy on the towers of cheap Christmas stuff, a rock of dread grew in my stomach. I asked My Man, in half seriousness, if we could just skip the presents this year. He gave me a Look. I told him frankly that I’m worried about my long term ability to keep the bah-humbug at bay.

I loath the modern consumer orgy that Christmas has become, (read last year’s post on Christmas and Capitalism) what a load of twisted crap. But as December progressed, Lo and Behold, I found my bah-humbuggery disapating and my child-like love of Christmas magic returning. Phew! I guess at root I do still love this maligned holiday.

It helps to have kids. They keep the magic of it all intact, at least during the early years. Grandma asked the 3YO what she wanted from Santa, and the 3YO said (bless her small heart)–

“I don’t need anything. Santa already brought me a toolbox.”

She’s referring to last year’s gift. How rare and blessed, the spirit of enough.

Of course, grandma coached her a bit on how Santa works, year in, year out, bringing ever new stuff. And she determined that maybe she would want one of those Cooties games like grandma has.

For my part, I searched online for some kind of playhouse and ended up finding the Invent-A-Tent. I realize I’m a bit late here in Christmas recommendations, but this looks just too cool. It’s composed of poles, connectors and nylon covers which can be put together in all kinds of different ways. A fort of one’s own making! I’m pretty excited, the 3YO loves any kind of hide-out. The icing on the cake is that the Invent-A-Tent is a little family company.

Having shed my inner scrooge, I am really looking forward to watching her discover the tent on Christmas morning.

For the Babe, I hope to get out yet and find a rocking horse.

My Man gets a ticket to a football game, because even though I don’t understand the love of professional sports whatsoever, he loves ’em and I love him. What can you do?

Everyone else gets small things I either made (soap, cookies, hand-woven scarf for my sis) or found second hand. For ideas on homemade gifts, check out Revolutionizing Christmas re-posted last year from my old blog.

Of course, this all comes a bit late, since holy crap! It’s almost Christmas!

I hope you and yours manage a little magic mixed in with the humbug-ing.

2 thoughts on “Merry, Merry Dingleberry

  1. damn. wish i’d known you wanted a rocking horse. we have just such a thing, babe-sized…

    awesome reaction from 3yo bout the tool box! i love moments like that.

  2. I’ve had a bit of the scrooge this year myself. I did love putting together care packages full of homegrown & handmade goodness however. I think its hard to turn our minds away from all that surrounds us (overconsumerism, the holiday commercials, etc.) but when we do that’s when the magic happens.

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