This is a sponsored post. I received compensation from Visa/Gymboree to buy my products and use its Visa Checkout online payment service, but all thoughts reflected here are my own.
I have good news and bad news about Christmas this year. The bad news is that at some point between today and Christmas I will tell you that Santa isn’t exactly the guy you thought he was. I’ve seen you become more skeptical as years have gone by and it’s been an awful lot of work to keep up the Santa gig on our end, so this year it ends — and knowing you, you’re going to like playing Santa for your little sister even more than you ever liked the idea of a jolly old guy in a red suit stuffing himself down our chimney. Take comfort knowing your gifts will make it here, Santa or no Santa.
Here’s the fun part, I get to let you in on all the little secrets and the fun that comes with playing Santa to a little human. No longer will I have to hide or lie about every package that comes to the door, nor will I have to sneak out after you are in bed to go shopping. I won’t have to shut my laptop whenever you’re around in order keep secret bargains a secret and you’ll get to learn what goes into procuring the perfect gifts for the people we love the most. Your gifts will still be top secret, I won’t budge on that — but it will be fun to have your input on what Santa brings Vivi this year.
Christmases have been perfect and simple since we started having them on our own with just the four of us on Christmas morning and I love it. You were Vivi’s age when I started our first tradition of Christmas jammies. They make Christmas morning pictures so much more festive and the two of you running around in your kitty cat old-man pajamas from Gymboree is almost more than I can handle. Last year I made it a goal to finish all my shopping before December began and you know what? I did it and Christmas has never gone more smoothly. I never even went to a mall last year during Christmas, easily the number one way to Scrooge-proof your mama from the holiday season.
My parents did an amazing job of keeping Christmas about family, special meals and time together. Never was the focus on big, better, best, money, or insane shopping hours and shopping sprees. I’ve tried real hard to maintain the same respect for Christmas as they did, I’ve failed a couple of times — but I’m happy to say that just as I have figured my Christmas groove out, you get to join right along with me.
Plus, I’m going to be so grateful for the extra wrapping help this year.
Love You Paddy Wagon,
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