"Secret Santa" at School is a Pain In My %#$!
It's a week before Christmas and suddenly my kids need Secret Sharing gifts.
"OK," I say. "We'll go shopping after school."
"No we can't buy them, Mom. We have to make them," my son says.
"OK, we'll head to the craft store after school."
"But the materials can't cost more than $5," my daughter adds.
"Here Mom. Here's a list of the things my kid likes," my son says and hands me a piece of paper.
"Well OK," I say to him. "The kid made a pretty long list of interests, so we can come up with something. He likes the Beatles. Maybe a Beatles mix CD. He also likes the Mets. Maybe we make a Mets ornament."
"Here's the list for my kid" my daughter says. I look at the list.
"Um...OK," I stammer. "Well, how about we make a blue soccer ball ornament?"
"We can't" says my daughter. "He doesn't celebrate Christmas. Or Hanukkah. Or Ramadan. Or Diwali. Or Kwanzaa."
"Um...OK," I say, unsure of where the next idea is coming from. "Well, let's see. Hmm. Oh! He must like music. How about we make him a mix cd?" What can I say, I was a teenager in the '80's. When in doubt, I take a page from "Say Anything". It hasn't failed me thus far.
"Nope," my daughter answers. "I asked him what kind of music he likes, and he said he doesn't listen to music."
Doesn't' listen to music? Doesn't LISTEN to MUSIC?
"There's nothing we can make him. It's hopeless," my daughter says.
"No, it's not. We'll come up with something," I assure her. "Really? Cause it's sounds pretty impossible to me, too," I think to myself. I rack my brain for days. What completely secular, soccer-themed gift can I make with my own hands and make it seem like my daughter's hands for under $5?
Coming up with nothing, I return to my 80's roots. I find some soccer-themed songs and add some music I think an eight year-old boy would like and burn a cd. I hand my daughter the cd case and have her cut some paper to fit. She draws a soccer ball on the cd cover and colors it blue.
Alright, it's a stretch, I'll admit. But I'm feeling a bit like a holiday hero as she happily walks out the door with her wrapped gift.