Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas: Santa Caught! and NORAD Santa Tracker

Are you tracking Santa today? He has already delivered presents to children in Japan and Indonesia. Find out where he is now by checking NORAD's Official Santa Tracker.

I won a free iCaughtSanta giveaway from Erin at Mom Buzz and we are prepared for tomorrow. You have to check it out - tomorrow morning my 5 year old will wake up and find this picture of Santa at our house giving him presents. (Don't let all the presents fool you - they are my sister's families presents - we hold them for her until Christmas Eve.) The picture turned out awesome and he is going to be thrilled to have proof that Santa was at his house. Thanks Erin!

One last thing - Christmas is a time to think about others. I want to share a post with you from Lisa at Crazy Adventures in Parenting called Good Will in a Box. Here is a portion of her plea:

"As I navigated the narrowed aisles in the PX, shopping for a leftover this or that to buy for the holiday, I felt broken. I felt off. This holiday, much like last years, felt all kinds-of wrong to me. Last year, though, it was trying to fit our circular family into this square post, quite unsuccessfully. Being new to town, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It was a mess. Christmas was labored, as was our new life, as we struggled to find peace and normalcy in a foreign place.

This year, I'm no longer struggling to fit in here, I know we won't and we're doing a lot better with that knowledge. But the woes I'm experiencing this year are from my feeling inadequate, angry and resentful for being somewhat blind. I feel very, very ashamed by it.

The economy has really taken it's toll, and many more families in the blogosphere are suffering than I had thought. I had the chance to listen to some of the stories some of these ladies have to tell, what's really going on behind the scenes, and I felt downright heavy, with my heart full and weighted.

Lately, I had been griping about my children misbehaving and crumbs being left on the floor. What the hell is the matter with me? I was busy being bewildered by their childishness and lack-of-cleanliness, busy being angry and wondering, why were we buying new things for them to disrespect and not put away? Meanwhile, there are families going without, utilities being shut off, borrowing to purchase groceries, and what was I doing? Bickering over kids being kids and my possibly buying too much.


Guilt tastes pretty bitter, if you ask me. The acid in my stomach began eating me alive. Who had I become? I most certainly didn't see myself in a favorable light."

Please stop over to her blog and do whatever you can do to help. There are so many bloggers who are going through a tough time right now and could use some help. I know there is always someone worse off than I am and although I can not donate financially, I will donate my time to do whatever I can.

Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1 will be closed until January 1, 2010. From our family to yours, have a safe and Merry Christmas!

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