According to the television commercials and store displays, it is now the season to start using the threat of ‘nothing for Christmas‘ with our children when they don’t behave. Don’t blame me – it’s just the facts. I didn’t (and still don’t) start preparing for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. However, I threatened my children year-round with “nothing for Christmas” – not that they ever believed me! A few years ago while on a business trip I found bags of Reindeer Poop – which I promptly bought and gave to my now-grown sons as a Christmas joke. It has now become a family story that Jenny uses on her own children, Lizzie and Liam, who of course at the age of 6 and 4 still take everything quite literally because they are still True Believers in everything magical – Santa, elves, fairies, Easter Bunny, leprechauns and of course, unicorns! So, when we mention Reindeer Poop to the True Believers — they truly believe that Santa is out there scooping the stuff out of the stalls and putting it in bags for bad little children. Only now, Lizzie is starting to ask questions.
Yesterday, Liam was having one of his particularly ‘stinky’ days – so Jenny told him, in the presence of his big sister, Lizzie – that if he didn’t behave he was going to get an ENTIRE STOCKING of Reindeer Poop. There was silence from the backseat for a short time and then Lizzie asked her question –
“What would be so bad about Reindeer Poop — it would be magical just like the Reindeer – right?”
Luckily, her mother is a fast thinker and immediately answered – “There is nothing magical about poop – no matter where it comes from!”
Yep – spoken like a mother — it may be natural, but poop is definitely not magical!