Before I had children I hated that retailers started the Christmas decorations and marketing so early. It just didn't seem right to hear Christmas carols before Thanksgiving. It was a reminder that I hadn't begun my shopping. I now welcome this time of year.
I can employ the best discipline tool ever given to parents. Santa! Just the whisper to Sophia and Ella that Santa is watching totally transforms their behavior.
Sophia strolled into the kitchen last night with gum smeared all over her pants and explained that she didn't know how this happened and she DEFINITELY didn't take it out of her mouth.
Sophia: It just slipped out of my mouth while I was talking.
(this was laughable since she had chewed up gum smeared all over the legs of her pants. I still can't imagine how this happened)
Rick: Who were you talking to in the bathroom all by yourself?
S: Ummmm...just myself.
R: About what?
S: Lots of different stuff.
Me: Do you know who is watching all the time who knows when you fib?
S: OK, yes I took it out of my mouth. I'm really sorry!
Unfortunately God does not instill the same sense of regret as the potential tragedy of being looked over by Santa. I remember a couple years ago talking about where Santa lives with Sophia and she all of a sudden perked up and said: "I know where Santa lives! At the North Pole...with Jesus!"