It astounds me how well Sophia, at age 4, understands what Christmas is all about.
I rarely, if ever, play the Santa card with my children, but Sophia was being exasperatingly naughty the other day, and after several time-outs and nicely telling her to stop with the antics I had to try.
"Sophia, if you don't stop doing that Santa is not going to like--"
"No, Mom! Not SANTA!!!! JESUS! Jesus isn't going to like me keeping doing this."
So much for the Santa card, but I think that my heart grew about three sizes because my little daughter cares more about what Jesus thinks than Santa. Especially since she finally improved her behavior after that conversation.
And then, today in church after we sang a few Christmas hymns, she whispered to me, "Mommy, sometimes Christmas songs are about Jesus. Because Christmas is his birthday. And we need to make him a cake!"
There went that heart of mine growing a couple more sizes.
But even though she understands the most important part of Christmas, what she doesn't get is that maybe we shouldn't tell people what their presents are going to be. I have been very, very careful to not wrap gifts in front of her or let it slip what I've purchased for her sisters or dad. But, I've had conversations with her, and I think I know what's going to be under the tree with my name on it...
"Mommy, what you want for Christmas?"
"What's that mean?"
"It's kind of like a little computer that I can read my books on."
"Oh! We got you that!"
(Good thing I already knew this, or she might have spoiled a pretty big surprise!)
Then today, I was complaining to Joel about my lack of slippers in this cold winter living in a house with mostly hardwood flooring (I had to throw mine out last year after I wore one too many holes through them), and Sophia came out of the bathroom where she had been brushing her teeth and excitedly asked, "Mommy! How'd you know we got you some slippers for Christmas! How'd you know that???"
I didn't know. But, now I do. And I also know that Joel needs to stop letting a certain 4-year old help with the gift wrapping if he wants me to be surprised on Christmas morning.
But I am happy to know that I'm getting slippers.