A little while ago, the sweet girl and I were working our way through a big pile of laundry, chatting as we folded.
She held up one of my more pitiful socks.
S: Mommy, why do most of your socks have holes?
M: Well, a lot of my socks have worn out. And I haven't been able to replace them. So I'm keeping the ones with holes until I'm able to replace them.
S: (all in a rush) Don't do that till after Christmas! ~a pause, then ~ Not that I'm telling you what you're getting, just don't go out and buy any socks.
Hmm. Methinks my feet are going to be a lot more warm and cozy in January than they've been in December!
Of course, this slip-of-the-tongue can work both ways. I came close to doing it myself this morning when she came running over, holding up one of her favorite twist-up crayons with almost no crayon left in it. "Mommy, I'd really like it if we could get some more of these twisty crayons sometime. Lots of my favorite colors are out or almost out."
And I was this close to saying "Oh that's all right, honey. Daddy wrapped a package of those last night." Caught myself just in time!
Any good Christmas surprises hidden at your house?