I am SO sad. I have been crying my eyes out for hours now. I just blew Santa for my kids.
I am such an idiot. We live in the world’s smallest house, so hiding the gifts that we purchased yesterday is nearly impossible. We ended up putting everything in our big garden bathtub and covering it with blankets. We did the same thing last year, and we were fine. We told the kids to stay out of our bathroom, but neither hubby nor I thought about locking the door. (Can you see where this is going?)
I was sitting on the couch nursing Parker, and hubby was getting stuff ready for work. The kids had been sitting in our room watching a movie, and Zander came out to the living room. He tells me that “I was in your bathroom…” and I jumped up. The blankets were off all of the toys, Jace was holding *THE* Iron Man toy, and Lucy found the Little Mermaid doll we had bought for her.
I burst into tears. I didn’t know what else to do. Christmas is ruined, and it’s all my fault. How do I recover from this?? The boys KNEW not to go into our bathroom, but it’s my fault for not thinking to lock the door.
Hubby and I told the kids that we’re taking all the toys back to the store. We’re going to pack them all up in the car, and take them over to my MIL’s house. We’ve told them that *maybe* if they’re good, Santa might bring them a few toys, and maybe it will be some of the ones we had picked out for them. But, this year, they’re only getting their ornaments from us. Nothing else.
What do you think? Will that help them believe in Santa? I do NOT want to ruin it for them. I feel so awful about this, and if they stop believing in Santa because I messed up, I’ll never forgive myself.
I know that Santa isn’t the *true* meaning of Christmas, but I believed in Santa until I was 12. (I was a blond, just like Ashley!) 😉 My parents always let me believe and always had me convinced that Santa is real. I wanted to at least pass that on to my kids.
So, tell me… have you ever done anything like this, or am I really the worst mom ever? Am I going to recover from this? Are my kids going to recover from this?