I became a mother to my oldest son, Henry when I was only 23 years old, so at the time, I was young enough that I was still kind of on the parental Christmas gravy train, receiving a nice haul of holiday gifts each December 25.
I thought about many things while I was pregnant with Henry, but somehow I failed to think about the fact that once I gave birth, no one would really have much interest ever again in showering ME with Christmas presents. Suddenly, Christmas morning was all about The Boy.
Of course, that’s the natural order of things; once you become a mother, the holidays mostly become about providing gifts to your offspring, as well as coming up with clever gift ideas for the other people who wish to buy gufts for your offspring (such as grandparents who used to ask what YOU wanted for Christmas).
If you’re lucky, you end up with a significant other in your life who has the all-too-rare talent of finding and buying and wrapping really cool gifts that actually get you excited on Christmas morning, but in my observation and experience, odds are that motherhood means that your personal annual gift haul is likely to consist of two MORE pairs of Isotoner slippers, a misshapen mug made in middle school art class, and a $25 Target gift card.
Appreciated? Yes. Exciting? No.
So this year, I’ve decided that all of us moms should at least write out our fantasy letters to Santa, knowing full well that just because we ASK Santa to bring us, say, every single item in the latest Anthropologie catalog, presented to us Christmas morning by Paul Rudd as he leaps out of a gift-wrapped box under the tree doesn’t mean that we’re gonna get this.
But let’s at least ask, shall we? I mean, there’s no harm in asking.
Because my fellow mothers-in-arms are likely kind of rusty with writing letters to Santa on our own behalf, I’ve made it easier for all of you by creating a template for you to follow. All you have to do is cut and paste my handy-dandy Letter to Santa template into the comments below this blog post, entering your own details into the blank spaces. I will then take care of dispatching your letter to the North Pole so that you will have one less thing to worry about getting done before December 25.
Let’s get started.
KATIE’S HANDY-DANDY, FILL IN THE BLANK LETTER TO SANTA FOR MOMS
I’ve been very _______ this year, primarily due to the issues with the ________ and that thing that happened with the __________. Given the _________ year I’ve had, I hope you’ll consider my special gift requests.
I’d really love it if you would bring me an oversized _________ topped off with some ____________. I could definitely use a few __________, and please don’t forget how much I enjoy ____________. I definitely never get enough ___________, so if you want to bring me some ___________ to help with that shortfall, I’d be most appreciative. Of course, I always love surprises, but just to give you a little guidance, I prefer that my surprises be of the _________ variety, and please don’t forget to add in at least a couple of __________ for good measure.
If you or the elves can’t deliver this year, feel free to send_______________ to bring me my gifts in your stead.
Thanks Santa. Hope your 2011 was all it could be.
YOUR FIRST NAME
By utilizing my Letter to Santa Template for Moms and leaving your own personalized version in the comments below this blog post, you will not only be letting Mr. Claus know what YOU really want, even though he pretty much stopped even pretending to care some time ago, you will ALSO (and this is important, so pay attention) be ENTERING TO WIN THE NEW DELL INSPIRON ALL-IN-ONE COMPUTER THAT I HAVE TO GIVE AWAY TO ONE OF Y’ALL!
That’s right, thanks to the good folks at Dell, who are sponsoring each of my four Dell Holiday posts this month here at Babble Voices, I do indeed have a computer to give away to one lucky reader, and all you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment.
So show us your version of my cut-n-paste Letter to Santa for Moms in the comments below (or leave whatever other kind of reasonably appropriate comment you prefer as your Dell giveaway entry), and read on for all the details on my Dell Holiday Giveaway.
(Plus, be sure to share the giveaway info with all your pals.)
THE ENTRY PERIOD FOR THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER SELECTED AT RANDOM FROM AMONG ELIGIBLE ENTRIES WILL BE ANNOUNCED BEFORE NOON, DECEMBER 19!
DELL GIVEAWAY RULES – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
And now for a little excitement from our sponsor: Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a Dell Inspiron One 2320 Touch computer! Your comment can be about anything you like, but I’d love to read your letters to Santa, using my cut and paste template.
The giveaway will run until Friday, December 16, 2011, 11:59 p.m. EDT and is open to all U.S. residents. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has two chances to win by leaving a comment on this post (#3 in the series), and the final post (#3 and #4 in the series), which will go up between December 12-16, 2011. Readers can also leave comments on the #3 and #4 posts by other Babble Voices writers participating in the Dell Family Tech campaign.
One comment per person per post, please. The chosen winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!
Good luck! Katie
PS: Please note that the winner will be chosen AT RANDOM. It’s a random drawing that will include all commenters. I will not be selecting the winner myself. Just wanted to clarify that 🙂
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