So last Thursday started out like any other Thursday. We hurried through our hectic after school schedule/early evening craziness and had just finished up dinner. My adorable husband had just got the kids all fired up with a quick wrestling match then headed out the door with some friends to play flag-football. It was one of those nights where I was feeling extra “Christmasy.”
I promised the kids we would watch a Christmas movie together and drink hot chocolate. While they were playing in their room I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and stumbled upon yet another ad or post about a Santa app. You know what I am talking about! The apps where you can add a few details about your child and Santa magically calls you!
I decided to give it a go. Like I mentioned, I was feeling extra Christmasy. I download the app, scheduled the first phone call for my sweet little 6 year old. After a two minute wait, Santa’s photo pops up on my phone and my phone begins to sing an upbeat Christmas tune.
I yell for my kids to come in the living room and answer this mysterious phone call. Sure enough, just as promised, their eyes light up when they hear who is on the other end of the line!
After a few words of encouragement and a reminder to be on our best behavior the automated Santa begins wrapping up the conversation. He reminds my kids to go to bed early tonight because he will be visiting their house tonight….
HOLD UP! My mouth hits the floor! Did I hear that correctly? Santa will be coming to our house TONIGHT? Well my two kiddos heard it loud and clear! They begin jumping up and down, running around the house cleaning and singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Despite my best effort to convince my little darlings that Santa was NOT coming tonight and remind them he only visits once a year, on Christmas Eve, I failed miserably. I was told that, “Santa doesn’t lie,” and was accused of not believing in the magic of Christmas.
Well great. What was I to do? I text a few friends who first and foremost, got a good laugh–then were able to offer suggestions on how to help the situation.
After a quick phone call to my husband and an early bed-time for my kids (Santa was coming, after-all), I scrambled!
Santa did in fact visit our house last Thursday night. He left a Christmas ornament for each of my babes, a nice note reminding them to spend time with their family during the Christmas season celebrating Jesus. He also left a Christmas countdown (thank you pinterest) full of fun family activities leading up to Christmas Eve.
So I write this today to my fellow SWMO moms as a warning–do the Santa app. It is super cute, but listen to the phone call FIRST! Make sure you know what kind of crazy things Santa might say!
P.S. I apologize now to any moms of kids that B may have told about the random Santa encounter. Believe me, I really encouraged her to keep this a secret that didn’t leave our house. I would not wish a bonus Santa visit on any of you!