Christmas miracles.

So what did we get my husband?  What did he lo-oo-oo-ve?

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Why, a Wii, of course.

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And it was truly a surprise, because we weren’t even going to get one.

Well, I take that back. We weren’t going to get one back in November (when they were still in some stores) but we changed our minds mid-December (when they were no longer in any stores.) I sent B out one morning when the stores first opened, armed with the Sunday fliers which advertised Wiis, and the clerk laughed at him. It seems that there were folks who had stood in line since 1:00 AM, and by the time the store opened, they were already sold out. So we decided we would wait until the spring, and get one then. Besides, we said, we may not even want a Wii. We may want to get an Xbox 360.

And that is how we left things – getting every other toy the kids desired EXCEPT a Wii. I even told my son, who was so confident that Santa could make him a Wii that he wasn’t even sweating the fact that they were sold out in stores, that Santa didn’t make Wiis at the North Pole. I explained to him that Nintendo had certain licensing agreements, and Santa would be in violation of copyright laws if he made them. So basically I told the boy not to hold his breath. A Wii just wasn’t going to be under the tree this year.

But then, THEN, the kids and I went out shopping the day before Christmas (Christmas Eve Day, I believe it’s called.) We wanted to buy B a video; a Christmas movie as one extra little gift. I knew that he had figured out what he already had under the tree, so I wanted to get him a surprise. Unfortunately, the video I wanted to get him was nowhere to be found. So as I was driving home, I decided to swing into one more store. Just one more, I thought. Well, they didn’t have the video, and I was upset. And so then when my son informed me he had to go potty and couldn’t wait until we got back home, I’ll admit that I may have been a little snippy. (But I took them to the potty. I have to. I think it’s in my parent contract.)

It was upon exiting the bathroom that a true Christmas miracle happened. There, in the middle of the very aisle we were attempting to use to exit the store was a trio of employees guarding a pallet. A pallet of what, you ask? Well, a pallet of Wiis. And they were for sale. A whole frickin’ pallet of them. Right there in front of me.

So I grabbed one and ran.

Well, actually, I asked the nice people if I could indeed buy one because I really didn’t believe that they were right there for sale; right there in front of me.

And that is how I ended up doing something I never do: buy a video game system on the spur of the moment. And that is how B ended up with a Wii. (We couldn’t even wait to give it to him on Christmas. I wrapped it and he opened it within a half hour of me getting home from the store. The kids were writhing on the floor, yelling that dad needed to open his present now, now, NOW.)

Also, that is how my children ended up with a very big crapload of presents AND a new game system.

But the Wii, it is fun, I worked up a sweat while playing a boxing game for the better part of an hour (or two.) And I must now go rest. Also, take copious amounts of Ibuprofen.

Hope you had a Christmas as nice as ours. Coming soon: me as a blond, and B as a rockstar. Also, VIDEO.

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