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    Not A Family Friendly Christmas

    | Athens, Greece | Children, Siblings, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (I am in the kitchen with my husband while our four children decorate the Christmas tree. I look into the living room to make sure they’re being good.)

    Me: *to my husband* “Aren’t they sweet? For once, they’re playing nicely.”

    (Just then, my almost five-year-old daughter comes running to us with a big grin.)

    Daughter: “Mama! Instead of a star, can we cut off [Sister]‘s head and put it at the top of the tree?”

    Mew-sing On Your Job

    | Peoria, IL, USA | Sons & Daughters

    (My husband works for a newspaper. He takes our grade-school daughter to see his office. Later I find her making a box out of pillows and trapping our cat inside it.)

    Daughter: “The kitten is a journalist, so he has to live in a cubicle.”

    Losing Your Religion Over It

    | Edinburgh, Scotland, UK | Children, Parents & Guardians, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (I am in my local Pakistani owned corner shop, shortly before Christmas. The owner’s two young children are playing around the shelves in the shop.)

    Owner: *to his kids* “Hey, you two. If you don’t start behaving, I’ll phone Santa and remind him we are Muslim.”

    A Christmas Pajama Party

    | Portland, OR, USA | Children, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (One of the kids I babysit is at that adorable age of generosity. She and her mother are doing a Christmas charity walk with a Santa at the end.)

    Mother: “So, honey, what are you going to ask Santa for?”

    Daughter: “Pajamas.”

    Mother: “But you already have pajamas.”

    Daughter: “Not for me! For [Brother]; I think he needs pajamas. Daddy, too. Daddy needs pajamas.”

    (Santa was very amused.)

    It’s Not A Magical Christmas Act Without A Rabbit

    | Seattle, WA, USA | Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (My daughter loves cats but we live in an apartment where pets are not allowed. She often mentions how much she misses having a kitten to pet and keep her company. Shortly before Christmas, when I am shopping, I see a rabbit-fur kitten resting on a ruffled pillow, and I know I have found the perfect gift. When it was time for everyone to open presents, I am careful to watch when she comes to that particular one and wait for the delighted look on her face when she sees her gift.  She reached in, pulled out the little stuffed animal and held it up at eye level and examined it carefully. The first words out of her mouth?)

    Daughter: “I bet a bunny died so they could make this!”

    (I think we finally convinced her that the rabbit had died of natural causes.)

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