Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
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was overcome with Christmas Spirit last weekend; and wouldn't
you just know that it would happen in a toy store? I went in
just to find a small toy of some kind for my granddaughter. I
was think of buying some little outfits, but kids don't want
clothes for Christmas, they want toys.
I was having fun checking out all the toys. I had already gone
through this once at the neighborhood discount store, and
couldn't find a thing that really grabbed my attention. But, I
rounded a corner and there they were, a whole shelf of oversized
stuffed dolls, dolls that didn't talk, cry, wet or do anything
except be a doll.
Zing, Christmas Spirit hit!
I fell in love with them! I grabbed one up and headed for the
front of the store to check out. That's what I intended to do,
but then I saw that child-size set of pink luggage. Pink luggage
with ballerina slippers on it! It would be perfect for her to
pack doll clothes, take to dancing classes, or pack away
whatever other secret items a little girl has to pack.
Zing, Christmas Spirit again!
Before I made it quite to the register, I remembered that I had
intended to get blocks at the discount store, but couldn't find
any. How could they not have blocks? Every child needs blocks. I
found Lego's, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, all the other building
stuff, but where are the blocks? Then I found them.
Zing, Christmas Spirit! Only two boxes left. Better get
them before they are sold out.
I didn't get a basket when I came in because I was only buying
one small toy. The blocks were so heavy that I could barely
carry them. I had to get help to get the all the stuff to the
cash register. Okay, I know I'm spoiling her, but what are
grandparents for anyhow if not to spoil grandchildren?
Now I'm just trying to figure out now how to explain to my son
and daughter-in-law why I bought these toys when she already has
too many. But they are really practical toys and durable. . .
except for the plastic luggage, which was so cute!
Three toys aren't really that many. Of course, when you add it
to what her other grandparents bring and what Santa brings, it
might seem like too many. She really is good, so Santa needs to
reward her. That's it! I'll sneak the stuff in and pretend Santa
left it. They will never know it was me... maybe. And if they
happen to figure it out, I'll just say:
Zing, Christmas Spirit! I couldn't help myself!
Then, there is also the matter of my other grandchildren.
Fortunately, Santa sent me a letter through Amazon telling me
exactly which DVD was on my other granddaughter's wish list.
That Santa is a pretty smart fellow. A good thing I didn't have
to look around with that Christmas Spirit running wild in the
toy store. No, the little outfit I got her wasn't on the list.
But, I was right there at the Children's Shop anyhow, so I just
had to take a quick look.
Zing, Christmas Spirit! It sure gets around.
Now I have only my grandson left and he has made out his own
list, so that completes my children's shopping for this year.
Everyone should be required to spend time in a toy store at
Christmas. . . just to get in the mood. Also, with enough people
pushing and shoving, maybe the Christmas Spirit will be too busy
to bother me.
Oh, heck, I enjoy giving gifts to the kids more than they enjoy
receiving them. I might as well admit it.
Zing, Christmas Spirit!
Copyright 2006 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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