Merry Piratey Christmas

We don't lavish too much on our kids for holidays. Christmas is the biggie around here, and of course we get the kids gifts in the plural sense of the word, and then there are grandparents and aunts and uncles that gift as well. What I'm saying is that our kids lack for nothing despite the fact that we don't go overboard on them.

Micah got movies, iTunes gift cards to buy more movies with, Wizard of Oz characters, GI Joe men, pirate gear, and so much more that made him one happy boy. And he loved it all, because my kids rock the appreciation thing. He played and played with his pirate gear, then took his new videos to pappy's yesterday while we shopped with grandma. I saw the Oz people strewn about the living room this evening. I think they were doing a dance number. The boy had a very merry Christmas.

To further enjoy the holiday season, we took the kids to see Christmas lights this evening. Micah grumped that we had to be in line to get into the place because he's a "let's keep moving" kind of guy. He grumps when we stop at red lights. But when he finally saw the lights, he was just enthralled. He oohed and aahed and pointed and exclaimed. He had a great time, and I had a great time watching him. He rode the train and petted the horses drawing the sleighs and did everything one little boy can do at a fun place like that. It was a fun evening had by all.

Afterward, we took the kids out to eat, and then Becky wanted to go to Michael's for some craft supplies. It seems the whole family has a crafty streak in them, because everyone was walking up and down aisles oohing and aahing at things like we were seeing the lights all over again. And then Micah found his treasure. Or more accurately, his treasure chest. That boy found a wooden chest with a domed lid in the paint-it-yourself aisle, and carried it around the store with him. We were unsure of the price, so we asked at the cashier's stand. That thing cost $20. We weren't sure we wanted to pay that much, and said so. The super sweet cashier said she could slap a coupon on that, and discounted it 50% for us. $9.99 was well worth the investment, and Micah thanked her and toted that thing out of the store like he'd just found gold to put in his chest.

When we got home, Micah put the spyglass he got for Christmas in the chest, some pirate coins, his pirate hat, a bandanna, and his pirate bounty bag. With all the super awesome things he got for Christmas, a simple wooden box is now his favorite toy. That's the way it always is.

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