The “Christmas Magic” Fail

| December 22, 2014 | 10 Comments

My early years as a big sister have taught me some lessons about kids, one of which I am reminded of this Christmas.

My sister is just over 8 years younger than I, and I just loved seeing myself as her mentor, role model, camp counselor, activity planner and all-around mother hen, whether she liked it or not. Though some games we played were admittedly a bit manipulative on my part (“I know! Let’s pretend I’m dead and you have to give me some of your Smarties to bring me back to life”), I think I generally took pretty good care of my little sis when she was small.

One Christmas, she was about six years old*, and I was right into helping create the magic of Santa Claus for her. Such fun to see the excitement in her eyes as she wondered where Santa might be at any given time on Christmas Eve.

I even helped her set out milk and cookies for Santa with a little note. How adorable is that. What a great big sister I was! If only someone had a camera.

Off she went to bed, beaming with anticipation. And then, you know, because it had to look like Santa had indeed been there when she got up, I proceeded to down the milk and eat the cookies as soon as she was nestled all snug in her bed… or so I thought…

So. That was the Christmas Eve she went to bed thinking her gluttonous sister tried to ruin Christmas and could barely wait five minutes before scarfing down poor Santa’s snack that she’d so lovingly prepared. There I was, chipmunk cheeks full of cookie and unable to tell the truth, so I had to just hang my head and awkwardly agree to replenish the plate.

I meant well. I really did. It was supposed to be magical! And she wasn’t supposed to come back downstairs!

Lesson learned. And now, as a parent, I’ll know to wait a good long time before disposing of any ‘snacks for Santa’. Let’s not have some of my kids’ earliest memories be of their MOM trying to ruin Christmas.


* This story originally had her and me at 3 and 11 years old, respectively. She tells me, however, that I was probably more like 14 because “I still remember you lounging on the chair in your ‘too cool for school’ teenage way with your bigger hair when I caught you” (hence the above snazzy 6-inches-of-roots ‘Elaine’ ‘do). Nice try making myself younger in the retelling so it doesn’t look as bad, though, she added.


I’m delighted to share that  Cartoon-Coloured Glasses finished third in the Humour Category  in the Canadian Weblog awards!  I was in pretty impressive company. What an honour to be part of it! Thank you to all who share, support and comment on my posts.

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Holiday, Moms, Themes

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    First of all let me congratulate you on your achievement in the Canadian Weblog awards – super. I must admit that I’m not surprised though as I love your cartoon strips 🙂
    I also thoroughly enjoyed this article and had a hearty chuckle whilst reading, thank you for making me smile 🙂

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha cute story!

  3. Brenda A says:

    Cute story and love the roots. Too funny!

  4. loriag says:

    Awe, at least you were able to replace it all and eat some humble pie.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Cute story! I hate having to wait cause I usually go to bed at the same time as my kiddies!!

  6. Jenny says:

    That is such a cute story!

  7. Janet says:

    Thanks, all. My sister (now 28) says to me, “I forgive you… but does Santa?”

  8. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    That is sooo funny! Sounds like you took it like a champ though!

  9. Heidi C. says:

    That was a truly funny Christmas story!

  10. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the chuckle!

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