Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My new Christmas plan

I have a plan for Christmas that I have been developing over the last couple of years. We probably spend a couple of hundred dollars on each of the kids on a variety of toys. These toys are inevitably the "thing I have wanted all my life" and bring mere minutes of amusement before they are cast aside to be moved from one place to another by me or A until they finally end up at Goodwill or in the garbage.  

So here is what I am going to do.  I am going to give each kid two one-hundred dollar bills and a small box of matches.  Then I am going to have each of them invite over a bunch of their friends.  With their friends around them in a circle on the driveway, each of my children will get to hold a hundred dollar bill and light it with a match.  I figure there will be as much excited squealing and intense interest in this as there has been in any of the presents we have gotten for them.  It's all very neat and tidy and we won't have to mess around finding the perfect thing (which doesn't exist anyway) then carting it off to the land of mis-used toys (also known as Goodwill.)

It won't happen this year, but one year I will be satisfied.  

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