Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sophia's Thoughts on the Season

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?"

"A Kindle."

"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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. That is so sweet! What a great kid. BTW, I like that you are posting on facebook now. It makes it easier for me to get over here. DO you have a specific application or widget that does that or do you just copy and paste?

    And, nice allusion to the Grinch!

  2. Your daughter is just too, too, too cute!
    I've just barely started hearing about these kindles. They sound intriguing. I'll have to do some research on them.

  3. Your daughter is so sweet :) You must be doing something right. Hey, I want some new slippers too...

  4. That is so cute! I'm hoping our boys can keep the secrets of what we are getting the other one.

    You'll have to take a picture of your slippers on Christmas morning so we can see how cozy your feet are. :)

  5. So funny! But you should know that it doesn't get much better- my 7 and 9 year olds are terrible with the secret keeping. But yay on the Kindle and the slippers!

  6. Oh my, she is tooooooooo cute!!! I cannot wait to see her (and everybody else of course) in just weeks! You are so very lucky to have mostly hardwood flooring...we think I'm allergic to the carpet in our apt!! And that's saying something because other than certain pet dander, there isn't much I'm allergic to!

  7. what a fun post to see Christmas thru a 4 year olds eyes! awesome! cathy

  8. Can you wait till Christmas to have warm feet?

    Or to use your kindle?

  9. It is fun when your heart swells!

    Sweet information that your daughter passed along.

    Merry Christmas!

  10. I love when they can show us they are learning and make us so proud. That is one of my favorite feelings, the heart swelling of love. :)

  11. I love how awful my kids are at keeping secrets. :)
    Also, I think I need to smooth out the link between the elves and Jesus. Very smart. :)

  12. I think Sophia delights me all the way to my toes. She's just funny--that one. ;) Congrats on the slippers and the kindle! A Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  13. Happy! (I feel, about this post)

  14. I love that she understands that this is about Jesus. What a great kid.

  15. Now here is a little girl who GETS IT!

    And I love the fact that she slips up about the presents