I know this is cheating, but, I'm re-running a post from two years ago. Because, I have nothing new to say (which I admit is sad) and because it's a favorite of mine. Also, it's a running gag in my family again, this year. So we're either doing a lot of deja vu-ing or we're just plain boring. I go with the latter. Anyway, enjoy!
Here's to not getting the shaft this Christmas
There are a few presents under my tree. I had to wrap them and place
them there because of Cousin Eddie. I'll explain. One of my family's
favorite Christmas movies is "Christmas Vacation." If you haven't seen
it then this post will make no sense to you. If you have seen the movie,
Well, Little Man bought a few token gifts
for family at his school's Holiday Boutique. A few days later he put
them in their little gift bags and placed them under the tree. Then
everyday he would check to see if any more presents were there. My dad
(in jest) referenced the Chevy Chase holiday movie and said "Maybe we're
all getting the shaft this Christmas." Little Man asked him what that
meant and my dad explained.
Excerpt from the movie:
Clark: "And if you believe in him, and
you believe in your mom, and you believe in your... your dad, and if you've been
good all year round, Santa Clause is going to bring you something."
Ruby Sue: "Sometimes I think all
that Santa crap's just bull. If he was so real, how come we didn't get squat
last year? We didn't do nothing wrong, and we still got the shaft."
Man seemed a bit concerned and said "I was very good this year. I hope I
don't get the shaft." Then my mom told me my dad felt bad and that I
should hurry up and put some things under the tree to reassure Little
Man that he was getting presents for Christmas.
thanks, Cousin Eddie, for not getting a job (in 7 years!) and buying
your kids Christmas presents so that they wouldn't get the shaft,
thereby making it possible for my dad to tell my kid about your
Christmas fail and making me wrap presents and put them under my tree
earlier than usual.