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kissWith Christmas coming up, my kids are more hyper than normal. Now they are bouncing around the place, with fleeting concentration on anything and their selective hearing is to be applauded! mention sweets and they tune in immediately but call their names or ask for them to get dressed, put on shoes, eat breakfast and I might as well be talking to myself!

Flashing neon signs wouldn't even get their attention.

Of course it could be worse. They could be timid subdued, introverted kids, but they are not.

At them moment its like they are tanked up on Coca Cola and an array of luminous multi colored (artifical sweets) packed with sugar and artificial additives. BUT THEY are not! I don't go down that road. I am already thinking of the list of side effects and none of them pleasant.

Of course my brain is fried from answering all the difficult questions their developing brains are throwing at me. All about the logistics of how Santa really pulls it all together and literally delivers the goods!

I like to think I can think on the spot but brain fatigue is setting in rapidly and so they are beginning to look at me, like I am clueless.

Trying to get them to unwind and sleep is also hard work at this time of year. of course they are delighted to see me put on my PJs when putting them to bed as they know I will be along shortly!

I am enjoying this time with them though. It reminds me that once I was probably like them, except back in my day there were limited things Santa could bring, and my awareness of what he actually made in his workshop meant I couldn't ask for too much.

Now the toy catalogue is combed through and a wish list prepared before being mercilessly reduced in size to shrieks of "but Mom, Santa is bringing it, its not costing you anything."

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I know it is tough, and they cannot yet understand that even Santa has limits and can only take on so much.

It is always the anticipation of Christmas that is so much more potent than the actual event, because once toys are opened and played with, the novelty is over!

"Mom how many days till my birthday?" will be the next question. GROAN!

Talk soon!