Jeff, Ally and I were supposed to go to San Diego on Saturday. Riley changed our plans by throwing up each and every hour on Friday night. You didn't want to know that? Well, I will spare you the exact details. Since we had time at home we weren't expecting to have, Jeff put up the Christmas lights.
Yesterday, Riley didn't go to church, but did start feeling better in the afternoon. She got up and practiced the piano. She picked out the one finger version of Jingle Bells. She told me she must be out of her mind. "This is supposed to be the month for turkeys," she exclaimed. I personally like getting to Christmas things early, but she has always been funny about it. Here is a little post I wrote about her four years ago, when she was four:
My older girls started singing Christmas songs in the late evening of October 31. They are into it. We love seeing the early decorations going up, well, I thought we all did. For me, it is a reminder to stay on top of it. It helps to get organized so I won't go crazy next month. I like enjoying a long season. I don't mind that the stores decorate to try to make more money. Our country is built on that. Make it if you can...right?
We went into a Mervyn's on Saturday night, and Riley exclaimed, "What are they thinking?" It was beautifully decorated, and you would think that a four year old would be delighted. Maybe she is like one of our relatives who called a radio station to inform them that she will NEVER listen to them again, because they played a Christmas song the day before Halloween. I, for one, cannot imagine caring about that. When I hear people complaining about Christmas displays, I think of cranky, old scrooges. But Riley? It baffles me.
Well, another issue Riley has, is with Santa. One afternoon, I was playing Christmas songs, on my new piano. I was singing too. I had Riley sitting by me, and I thought we were having some nice bonding time. Suddenly, she put her hands over her ears. She said, "I don't want to sing any more songs about Santa." What? She said, "I don't want him to see me when I am sleeping." I had to stifle wild laughter. Think of how these lyrics might creep you out, if you really thought about it...."You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I'm telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town. He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows if you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake." I am not allowed to sing, "Up on the housetop, reindeer pause....out jumps good ole Santa Claus...."
Riley does love songs about Jesus though. She is going to be good at "Silent Night" and "Away in a Manger" by the time December 25 does roll around. She is a good singer, and I guess she is not going to waste her talent on Santa. This just might be good for our whole family. We will focus better on what Christmas should really be about. As a side note, Riley is going to sing a little solo this Sunday in church. The kids are putting on a program, and Riley is going to be one of seven kids who each sings a verse in a song of Old Testament prophets. She will sing the verse about Jonah. She has practiced without showing fear, and seems to adore the microphone. I am dying to know what she will do in front of a full congregation. Emilee has a verse too, about Samuel. She sings very well, but is not excited like Riley is. Okay....back to my regular post.
Well, with my older kids there were usually a few times during the Christmas season that I would correct their behavior by reminding them about Santa. I think with Riley, I might just have to threaten to sing about Santa, and her behavior will likely improve.
Just to give you an idea of Riley from back then, this was my Christmas card in 2006: