Thursday, December 17, 2009
Filling those wish lists
Just nine days until Christmas - you’re kidding me.
It must be true.
Santa Claus is scheduled to visit the Burleson household this Thursday evening to get everyone’s wish list – particularly that of 7-year-old Erin.
Santa’s secretary called a few weeks ago to set up the appointment. Erin asked a lot of questions about that telephone conversation, even checking out the name on the caller ID, but that’s another story for another day. We did convince her that Santa has a secretary in every city – even right here in Holly Springs – because he’s such a busy man at this time of year.
Erin’s Christmas wish list has been pretty steady this time around. That is until her letter was delivered from school for The South Reporter’s annual Christmas edition (inside this week’s newspaper). There were some additions.
It’s quite obvious to me that when those school children start writing their Letters to Santa in the classroom, they share their thoughts and then shock their parents with surprises when they appear in print.
But this year, I think we’re sticking with Erin’s original list. That’s more than enough – trust me.
We’ve been known to make long trips at the last minute to get a special request, but hopefully those days are gone. They do, however, create great memories.
The Christmas wishes are getting easier for our teenagers – or maybe tougher.
You ask Emma and Andy what they want for Christmas and they might say, “whatever” but most of the time they say “money.”
Then you start to purchase them something and suddenly find out, “I don’t like that style.”
Maybe it’s better to just let teens buy their own things.
Personally, I’ve never liked the money route – giving or receiving. But this year I actually put the request on my list, too. That’s because I need some necessities that I would prefer to purchase myself.
My problem has been – when I get money – that I end up spending it on gas or lunch or whatever. That’s good use – but those would not exactly classify as Christmas gifts.
I’ve found gifts cards from long ago that I almost lost and forgot about and I wasn’t sure how much was left on them. But it was nice actually being able to buy some new things in the summertime.
I requested some gift cards this year, too.
I just like opening boxes and finding “things” inside. I like the surprises – the smiles, the shock, whatever.
Another sign of the holiday season is our South Reporter Christmas party. Pam and I hosted the big event last Thursday evening at our home.
We ate and ate and ate. We laughed a lot. And we shared the struggles and the successes of 2009.
It was a fun night with co-workers but more importantly, with good friends.
The Burlesons are having a more difficult time scheduling Christmas with our extended families this year. Believe or not, everyone is just too busy, and that’s sort of sad.
Working hours vary during the holiday season.
Basketball practice and games continue – even during the holiday season.
But here’s hoping we can make it to Hamilton, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn. We don’t see our loved ones enough.
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