Monday, December 15, 2008

"Mommy, Santa really IS everywhere...."

So I'm one of those moms who thoroughly enjoys being able to hold Christmas over their kids' heads. As in "if you don't stop hitting your brother, the elves will report it to Santa" or "you're gonna end up on Santa's naughty list if you keep spitting on your sister". That always seems to straighten them up.....for a few minutes, anyway. No kid can be expected to behave for 20 minutes in a row, right? Or maybe that's just my kids?

My newest threat is "don't you know that Santa is everywhere....he sees you all the time. He has elves secretly planted in various places and they watch you and report back to him. And sometimes if you've been especially naughty, Santa will be watching you himself!!!" I'm not sure if the kids really believe me or not. Up until now....

Tim and I took them to the grocery store yesterday. We normally don't do this but we both needed gas in our cars and, at our store, when you spend over $100 you can get a huge discount on gas. Our discount yesterday was 40 cents so that made our gas only $1.20/gallon. So we both fill up our cars immediately after shopping. Needless to say, grocery shopping with 4 kids is not my idea of fun. The store just got these really fun new cars that have a little tv in the front, where 2 kids can sit. Most kids would get a kick out of this and stay quiet the whole time while Mom shops. But not my kids....nope, they fought the whole time. "I wanna sit in front of the steering wheel", "Hey, you broke the tv...Mommy, Cole broke the tv", "I want out", "I don't want to sit with her anymore". Between the 4 of them, they played musical carts over and over to the point where I finally lost it and screamed, "all of you stay put for the next 2 minutes so we can get the shopping done". That didn't work. So I said, "I bet you all that Santa is here somewhere in this store, hiding, and watching you all...I'll bet you anything he's shaking his head in disappointment and considering putting you on his naughty list". Bella looked like she was considering this and she asked, "once we're on the naughty list, do we stay there or can we have more chances to get back on the nice list?".....I love how her mind works. I know expecting the kids to behave 100% at the grocery store is way too much to ask but this would've been a very quick trip if they had all just stayed in their carts and watched the little tv!!!! But with all the stops and having to break up fights and with them wanting to switch carts, the shop was dragging on way longer than it should have been.

We headed over to the deli as our last stop to pick up some ham and there was a tall man with white hair standing there waiting for his food. When he turned around, we all noticed he had a huge white beard and glasses. He looked at the kids and said, "do you know who I am?" and the kids just stared at him. He asked, "who do I look like to you?" and Bella said "Santa Claus". He said, "that's right....I'll give you all these candy canes if you can behave just a little while longer so your Mom and Dad can finish their shopping". Then he handed them each little candy canes that he had in his pocket. My jaw dropped at the beauty of all this....such perfect timing!

After we walked away, Bella said, "Mommy, Santa really IS everywhere". I didn't hear a peep out of her or Cole from that point on....and they even helped me put all the food on the check-out counter and didn't ask for any gum or candy while we waited for our groceries to be scanned and packed. I couldn't have planned that any better if I tried!!

13 comments:

Mommyx4+2more said...

I love it!!!! Have your tried the elf on the shelf book and elf? It is an elf that watches the kids all day and reports to Santa at night only to return the next day in a different hiding place to watch them.

amy said...

what timing! I am jealous of the tv carts, our regular store doesn't even have the 2-seat carriages. We took all four a few times but now it has become alone time for mommy and I've never enjoyed grocery shopping more:0

MAMA CEO said...

What great timing! What a perfect way to get them to behave! Now if only I can figure out St. Patrick's day in having a little lepruchan come to visit for good behaving little boys! lOL!

MamaEarthling said...

Helene, thanks for stopping by my blog today! I love yours and have linked to it on my blogroll. I will be a loyal follower, as I need all the advice I can get with my impending set of twins!

Lana said...

That's awesome!!

TV's? On a shoppihng cart?? I wish!!

I must say I'm a little disappointed though. Was kind of looking forward to hearing about reindeer being unicorns in disguise or something...lol!

newlyweds said...

How perfect, I love it.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That is so awesome!
I've never seen a cart with a tv on it.

Elle said...

I bet this really had them thinking about Santa. Super timing!

mrsbear said...

Ha! I wonder if you can rent that guy out at random intervals throughout the day. Great timing, and he walks around with candy canes!

Hajar said...

LOL! That is hilarious! It could not have worked out better if you had conspired with the guy!

Doré said...

That really couldn't have been any better if it was planned! Perfect! Now they will never doubt you when you remind them that Santa is watching.

btw, I love the new header... the picture is awesome!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I love that you "met" Santa Claus in the deli, while picking up a ham. Life is funny that way. Great story!

In order to reinforce this concept with your kids even more, you should pick up Elf on the Shelf. Each morning, as you move the elf around your house and the kids have to find him, you can hopefully ensure good behavior...even for a little while!

-Francesca

Creative Junkie said...

No way! What are the odds that THAT man was there at that moment?

As a side note ... I might actually like grocery shopping if I could ride in one of those carts while I'm doing it.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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