Friday, December 16, 2011

Yule Logging

We here at Slydesblog are trying very damn hard to put ourselves in the “Holiday Spirit”.

Like most of you, some of the fondest memories of my life stem from Christmases long past.

I remember as a kid, having tons of family over on Christmas Eve, and getting present after present. It was always a fun, magical night, and the best part of it was going to bed that night, knowing that when I next opened my eyes, I would run into my parent’s room to wake them up at the crack of dawn, and race into the living room to see what Santa had left me.

I’m sure many of you have those same memories.

The thing is, as we get older, it gets harder and harder to hold onto those Yule-time feelings.

Most of it just goes out the window with the complications of adulthood. Jobs, bills, and mortgages tend to take a big bite out of the ol’ Holiday Spirit.

Part of it just comes when the illusion of Santa is broken once and for all. I think I was around 9 at the time when my parents finally told me that Santa wasn’t real, but in all honesty, I kinda knew already. I just didn’t want to admit it.

It didn’t help that my parents were SO damn bad at hiding my presents every year, either……..

Anyway…..

I’m not going to say that the holidays had gotten humdrum for me, but they certainly weren’t the holidays of my youth…..

Until Mini-Me came along.

One of the BEST parts of having a little boy in my life is that I can once again experience the magic of Christmas all over again, through his eyes.

Friz is always getting perturbed at me because I am always going overboard on my son every year. And she’s right, of course. Christmas isn’t ONLY about giving and getting, but for a 9 year old boy, it’s a pretty damn big part of it.

It might be sad to think of it this way, but being a child is typically the happiest part of a person’s life. It’s not ALL downhill as an adult, of course, but it IS certainly more DOWN than UP.

But, when that precious little boy of mine comes bounding into our bed at the crack of dawn this Christmas, begging us to wake up so he can bolt downstairs to see what Santa has left him, Darn It All To Heck, but that old Spirit of Christmas comes flooding back to me.

As I said, he’s 9 now, and by some miracle, he’s still “all-in” with believing in Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. I’m not sure how many more Christmas’s I have left where that’s going to be the case. In all probability, some little shit friend of his will soon open his big mouth about Santa and that, my friends, will be all she wrote.

So yes, I went a little overboard this year. Ok, Ok. I REALLY went apeshit this year. Did he REALLY need an Xbox with Kinnect along with the 2 dozen other pricey gifts I got for him? Probably not.

But damn it all, if this IS the last year that he is going to believe that a big fat man in a red suit came down our non-existent fireplace to place presents under our tree, then I sure as Hell wanted his last mythical Christmas experience to be one he’ll always remember with a smile…

19 comments:

The Accidental Somebody said...

Slyde, I'm right there with you. Adulthood sucks the fun out of EVERYTHING and it's so damn fun to bring it back with kids! My kids don't get a whole lot throughout the year, so I do my best to give them a good Christmas. It's totally ok to spoil them once a year - don't feel guilty about it!

Slyde said...

i really dont feel guilty about it, even though my wife TRIES to. He's an only child, and he's the best little boy in the world, so screw everybody... the kids getting a damn xbox!

B.E. Earl said...

Very nice. And I'm sure you'll get almost as much fun out of that xBox as your son.

sybil law said...

We got an xBox and I looove it - I never liked the damn Wii, though.
I have an only child, too - and she's like 99% sure that Santa isn't real this year, but she's still hedging her bets.
Still, I try to keep it sane as far as spoiling her. My parents do it an awful lot, and I definitely don't want to have some spoiled only child!
Either way, hope Mini Me enjoys what might be his last Santa Christmas!!

Annabelle said...

I struggle with finding the spirit every year too. I'm just not into any Holiday, so it's not just this. But yeah, figuring out how to keep 4 kids feeling the merriment of the season is tough.

Slyde said...

earl: yeah, i cant wait to dance my ass off with Just Dance 3!

sybil: if it was JUST the xbox, i wouldnt think much of it... but now we have a Wii, Xbox, PS3, DSI, a computer, and an Itouch.... its a little much

anna: yeah, but you've got at least 1 young'un as i recall still. Spoil her while you still can....

Heff said...

wait......SANTA ISN'T REAL ?!?!?!?!


DAMN YOU, SLYDE !!!!

Slyde said...

sorry Heff. That man who's lap you keep sitting on is just a pervert......

Mrs. Hall said...

this year might be the last year for pancake. IT WILL KILL ME when she tells or asks me!!!

Merry Christmas!!

Bouncin' Barb said...

Totally agree with you Slyde. Let his Santa memories go out with a big bang. It's great he still believes. That's the one regret I had about having only 1 child. No big family gatherings at holidays and birthdays. But, it was not in my cards. You're an awesome Dad! Merry Christmas my friend.

meleah rebeccah said...

Awwwww. I love that you spoiled MiniMe this year! Good for you!!!

Not So Simply Single said...

Ugh, the holidays are really hard for me...single life and holidays suck...

Fa la la la la!

MarkD60 said...

Not sure I agree that childhood is the happiest time of a persons life. I remember kindergarten, thinking I would be glad when I grew up, and all this bullshit would end and I would be in charge of the situation. I'm still waiting.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Yeah, that's why teaching preschool is so much fun too. :-) And when I taught preschool AND Sunday school, I got to have every holiday three times! (at school, at Sunday school & at home).

If it's any consolation, my kids NEVER admitted to not believing in the tooth fairy. I mean, I'm sure they stopped believing at some point, but I betch'a anything if my 16 year old lost a tooth today, she'd be looking for that old tooth fairy pillow of hers and putting it under her pillow, winking at me all the while. There's no way I could really say when she actually figured it out.

blondie1 said...

Kia Ora I totally agree I too loved spoiling my now 15 yr old but it was the hurried eating of santa cookie and drinking the flat beer in a hurry, the rushing outside a 3yrolds window and in my deepest voice calling "Ho Ho Ho" buying one new set of gold decorations to our already laden down tree, seeing their twinkling eyes and wonderous faces I ALWAYS put the pressies under the tree christmas eve nigth I STILL DO when my son is in bed. The food the fare the fun I love xmas.....

Merry Christmas
From NZ

Blondie

sybil law said...

So, now I feel pretty pathetic, because we have all those things, too. Well, except the Wii, because I demanded it go. :)
We suck like you!
Haha

Marlene said...

Spoiling our kids at Christmas time is something I've always been totally guilty of, too.

Happy Mommy said...

Merry Christmas!

Cocaine Princess said...

Sweet post.