Christmas is going to be interesting this year. Actually it will be more like Christmas should be: less focus on gifts and more focus on the real meaning of Christmas, if I do my job right. Money wise, things have gotten tighter around here (as they have for most people lately) and so we're making adjustments. Fortunately Jeremy's a frugal guy and he's slowly teaching me his ways. I'm what you'd call a casual spender--someone who's not too crazy, but who buys what she wants when she wants it. I don't go into debt for things, but if I've got the money laying around, I spend it. So in the past I was a little more relaxed about the price of kids toys. Now things have had to change.
Alexis told me what she wants for Christmas--or at least what her fall back option is. She wants the Baby Alive doll that pees in it's own little potty. Guess how much it costs? $60. That's right, sixty. I knew my ways had changed when my first reaction to the price was, "For $60 that thing better produce REAL pee!" (As if we really need more of that around here.) I'm pretty sure she won't be getting that for Christmas, not even from Santa. Which is good because it's really creepy looking.
Her first option for Christmas, her true hearts desire, was one of those Barbie Power Wheel Jeeps, which Santa is definitely not bringing her. I kept trying to tell her that I didn't think Santa would bring it, but she's got so much faith in the jolly old guy that she was convinced he would. I was left with no choice but to tell her the truth.
"Honey," I said, "Here's why Santa's not bringing you the Jeep. You see, the North Pole is in a recession. Santa had to lay off 40% of his elves, and the first to go were the ones that made the Jeeps. And even if he hadn't, Santa would not have room in his sleigh to bring you the Jeep. The price of reindeer food has gone up so much that Santa cut back to 4 reindeer and converted to a more compact sleigh, so he can't carry as much stuff as he used to. You'll just have to ask for something else."
Actually I just told her that Santa didn't have enough money because he has to buy lots of kids toys, but I wish I had thought of that sooner. However, Alexis, being the thinker she is, came up with a solution to the problem.
"I know! Santa will bring me the Baby Alive doll and you and daddy can get me the Jeep!"