Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dear Santa,

I stayed up way past my bedtime on several occasions. Sometimes, talking with friends and neighbors. Sometimes making a middle-of-the-night Wal-mart run. Sometimes baking or cleaning or reading or watching my DVR-recorded shows. Sometimes, just tossing and turning, and yes - sometimes blogging. I have not been very good at getting to bed on time.

I ate too much. I stuck to my diet/"life change" the first part of the year and did an awesome job. But eventually, I missed my dear old pals Sugar and Bread and all things Sauce. I gained most of those nasty pounds back. I know I shouldn't have eaten all the junk I have. I knew better and did it anyway.

I got lazy. I admit, there were plenty of nights this past year in which I went to bed with dirty dishes still in my sink. I went several days without doing any laundry. I even went a whole month without cleaning my house (I believe it was August or September, or somewhere around there). It wasn't to the level of filth or bad enough to call child welfare services. However, it was bad - worse than it has probably ever been. I'm so ashamed.

I forgot... lots of things. Dr. appointments, kid's needing to be picked up at school, commitments I had made, friends birthdays, mailing bills on time. There were lots of things I could be held negligent for. None of it was done intentionally, mind you, Mr. Santa. Just all plain forgetfulness.

I may have peed my pants a little...just once. My friends and I were laughing so hard that I was crying and of course had to pee. I made a dash for the toilet. And made it on time - for the most part - though there may have been one teensy weensy little dribble that escaped. Totally not my fault. I shouldn't have such funny friends and family!

I've stayed out past curfew. Guilty as charged. It's just hard for me to wind things down once they get started and I am having a good time. I always tell the babysitter the "approximate" time I intend to be home. However, I confess, I am usually late by an hour...or two. Whew! Good thing my babysitter doesn't charge overtime, though he's asked. I just gently remind him, that being my oldest son, I gave him life. I brought him into this world, I can take him out.

Mr. Santa, these only scratch the surface of all of the naughty things I have done this year. And I won't even start to make promises to change, because I probably won't keep half of them and that would make me a liar, just adding to that list of naughty things. But the thing is I really, really, really don't want to be on that "naughty" list of yours. In fact I am writing to beg for mercy and to request that my name be transferred to the "nice" list. Speaking of lists... I could really use some "nice" on Christmas morning.

A chance to sleep in until I wake up on my own.
A little peace and quiet, with the soft sounds of Christmas in the background.
A warm cup of cocoa with extra marshmallows.
Snow that only falls on the yard and not on the drive or walkways.
Just enough gifts to bring my kids joy and just enough laughter to help make memories.

That is really all I want for Christmas this year Santa. So you see - I really could use a little extra mercy in regards to that whole naughty/nice thing. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to your reply (fingers crossed).

22 comments:

Vickie said...

None of those would put you on the "naughty list". If that was the case, then poop, I am in trouble.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I must shake the anxiety off:)

Yaya said...

Great letter!

Cindy said...

Hey, what a great idea, snow in the yard...I like that alot.

debilyn said...

LOVE IT!
and i hope Santa shows you the mercy you ask for, since my naughty list looks soooooo similar to yours...then maybe there will be some hope for me, too!

xoxox

Two Blessings From Above said...

I wish we had that kind of snow too. Great letter.

RhondaLue said...

THIS JUST IN!!!! (Santa asked me to forward it on to you!!)

You have been granted forgiveness and are transferred back to the nice list. Ask and ye shall receive.

Keep in mind all the good you do, all the hard work, all the stress you've endured. You're on the Nice list, indeed.

Kaye Butler said...

FOR.THE.LOVE.OF.PEANUTBUTTER.AND.JELLY.

If that's all you've done to be naughty, I got kicked off the nice list December 26, 2007.

Jennifer Rae said...

Okay so I am convinced now not to think of all the naughty things that I did this year....I will just put up with whatever I get and be grateful.

Mrs de Miranda said...

seriously if you are on the naughty list...i think im in trouble!!

i grabbed your cake recipe! Looks yummy!!

The Willeyes said...

You're not being naughty, just having fun...right:)

Ashley said...

Santa will forgive you. Grown ups have to be a little 'naughty'. Haha!

andrea said...

Funny how the older we get, we learn to cherish the simple things more and more. I don't care for anything of value...just all the love and happy I can gather around me. (although I would certainly enjoy ONE day a year that I could sleep until I woke myself up too!)

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I think that is what puts you on the normal-going-berserk-mom-list. No bad things that I can see.... so maybe the big man will agree with you and all your wishes will come true.
Merry Christmas and have a great time with family!!♥

Ruthykins said...

so we had the ward xmas party on sat nite and mom was taking pictures of the kids on santa's lap. there was a list there that parents could write their children's name either in the naughty column or nice column. i put my kids in the nice column and put mom in the naughty one. ray ray's kids saw me and we all had a good laugh.

Laura said...

I love all of your requests and I hope they all come true this year.

Heather said...

Loved your letter!! Your year sounds very similar to mine. Minor indiscretions. Nothing to land you on the naughty list. At least not in my book!

The Odd Duck said...

This is Kendall visiting from Mama Kat's.

If that puts you on the naughty list, then quite honestly ma'am, we are all out of luck.

Blog Stalker said...

Great letter, and great sucking up to the jolly guy with the white beard! Hope your little plan works and if snow only falls on the fron lawn and not in the driveway or walks....well.....I think I'll crack! And then I'll start sucking........all the way till next Christmas!

Good luck and have a great day!

greenolive said...

I think your list just put you on the VIP nice list. I mean, come on you wet your pants a little. You deserve all your Christmas wishes. Just think of all the joy you have brought to all your loyal readers. If by some strange chance Santa didn't put you on the right list Mrs. Claus would make sure the oversight was corrected.

Jen said...

that was one good letter. Please Santa, deliver.

TravAndToni said...

Let me know if the Big Guy grants you a pardon. If so, I'll write my own plea. I figure if he will forgive your ITTY BITTY not very naughty list, I might have a better chance with my long one!

I was SO impressed with PrettyPrincess last weekend. She lashed the teenagers with comebacks with total vim and vigor. LittleDuckling held his own with them as well. Awesome kids!

purplehaze said...

Seriously those things aren't naughty at all! I don't know you that well but I do know your mom hehehe!! You are a good person and I hope your wishes come true! I like the snow only being on the front not on the street and sidewalks I could really go for that one too!!