- A Dora ball.
- A Dora game for my Leap Pad.
- A Lightening McQueen toy. (Think "Cars")
- An "I Spy" Book.
And that was that. I can't tell you why all of those items were picked, but they were what she told us over and over that she wanted for Christmas.
So the big day came. We met friends for an evening celebration of the amazing, unique lighting of a nearby downtown. Santa would be there. Sure enough, we found a long line (outside, of course, in the freezing cold), and joined it. We inched along, and by the time we neared the large stage where Santa sat, Madalyn was dancing with excitement. I wasn't sure if she planned to sit on Santa's lap or put on a show, complete with robust renditions of toddler-interpreted Christmas carols. It was our turn and I handed her over to Mrs. Claus, who deposited her on Santa's lap. She was awestruck, caught up in the moment. When the question came, "And what do you want for Christmas?", my never-at-a-loss daughter...lost her words. Her eyes turned to me and I recited her list:
- A Dora ball.
- A Dora game for her Leap Pad.
- A Lightening McQueen toy.
"Right, Maddy? That's what you want?"
Madalyn looks at me. She looks at Santa. She waits a beat. Clearly, it's now or never.
"AND, an 'I Spy Book!" she instructs. I laugh...I had totally forgotten her last item, and she wouldn't take a chance on not asking for the book!
As we walk off the stage, Madalyn looks at me and says, "So...where are the toys, Mommy?" She apparently thought Santa produced on the spot! ;)