Last year, when Jasper gleefully sat on Santa’s lap, he proudly stated that he wanted a rocket ship.
Like any good 21st Century mom, I grabbed my phone and started trolling Amazon for the best rocket ship.
“Do you want one that has an engine or one that you can get inside? Or one to go with your train toys?” I asked.
“One that I can get in!” he grinned.
I found this great one from Discovery Toys. Santa grudgingly set it up on Christmas Eve.
There were tears on Christmas morning.
“THIS WON’T TAKE ME TO THE MOON!” he cried.
I cried. Patrick looked at us both helplessly.
Thank God Sawyer’s gift was a winner.
This year, things were going to be different. I prepped Jasper before visiting Santa. He announced that he’d be asking for Batman Hot Wheels. The order was placed with Amazon Prime on Black Friday, and everything was settled.
Then we went to visit Santa.
He climbed up onto the big guy’s lap, assuring his tearful brother that everything was alright.
And asked for a rocket ship. Again.
I groaned, and carefully explained to him that Santa couldn’t bring him the same toy two years in a row. After some discussion, we agreed to visit a real rocket ship after Christmas in a museum. After all, rockets are not safe to fly in until you’re twenty-five.
The week before Christmas arrived. We wrote our letters, baked our Batman sugar cookies, and prepared for the big day.
Then, at 3:05, three days before Christmas Eve, I got the email.
“Your order has been unexpectedly delayed. We’re refunding your money on your purchase of Batman Hot Wheels 2000 and your Marvel Action Hot Wheels Cars.”
Christmas was ruined. Again. What should Santa do? What could she do?
I scoured the internet for the toy, searching every website and store I could think of. No one could get me the toys by Christmas, for any amount of money.
My heart was broken. Tears on Christmas morning two years in a row was more than I could handle.
A dear friend came and helped me to breathe. I checked over Amazon, and found some Hot Wheels toys that could work. And some Rocket ship(s). And an astronaut costume. (Ok, I went overboard. I needed to!)
Dear Santa, all that I want for Christmas is…