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The (Li'l) Devil's In The Details

I know that Christmas comes earlier every
year; on November first Maddie and I saw a blow-up Santa outside of
the local Home Depot. November 1 is the new day-after-Thanksgiving.
I get that. But I still have a hard time with people putting up
trees in November (I say as all my local friends smirk, since most
of them do) so I am steadfastly ignoring this new, artificial
green-light to Jollywood.

We keep the Xmas out of our house pretty
successfully, but cannot avoid a couple things this early on.
Mainly, we’ve been getting boxes ready for Operation
Christmas Child – one of my favorite charities out there, and
so incredibly easy to do with kids – because the boxes have
to be sent off by mid-November to get whisked around the world. So
the girls saw the Christmas trinkets coming in, and one thing led
to another, and the girls began singing Christmas carols.

I quickly put a kibosh on this, shutting down Maddie’s lusty
rendition of “Jingle Bells”. Cora just as quickly
picked up the baton, belting out “No-el, no-el, no-el,
no-E-EL! Born is the king of Israel!”

“Cora,” I said sharply, “I just told Maddie not
to sing Christmas carols right now. It’s not Christmas

Cora looked at me innocently. “Was that a Christmas carol,

I gave her The Look. “Yes, Cora. It is a Christmas carol.
Please do not sing ‘The First Noel.’”

Cora smiled angelically. “Ok, Mommy.” And then she
turned away and sang out, “The THIRD Noel . . .”

I need to buy some dumber kids.


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