Last night two Christmas shows were on TV simultaneously - Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. What's up with that? It's too soon. Way too soon.
I turned off the TV and went to settle my little guy who was thinking it was too soon to go to sleep. I know this because he was screaming, "I'M NOT READY!!"
What did I sing? "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Yes, I did. But not because I want Christmas to be here tomorrow - it's his sleepy song, the one magical song of the moment that relaxes him. We have the movie on DVD, the one with the Winter Warlock. It's my son's favorite year round, not because he wants Christmas every day or wants presents - it's just a great story.
Before I sing this or any song at bedtime (a little off key and often improvising the lyrics), I tell him to close his eyes because my singer doesn't work if I see open eyes. I rub his back and sing it over and over in an infinite loop until his face relaxes and I know he's asleep or almost there.
Over the years, I have discovered the secret to getting kids to sleep is convincing them to close their eyes. My kids have learned the secret to staying up is keeping them open. Every night is a battle of control over the eyelids.
I don't have any Christmas pictures to post - because it's way too soon, seriously. The weather this morning is about 70 degrees, perfect spring weather with the guarantee of some rain. I'm ready for spring, not Christmas.