Holy Moly Motherhood ~ December 2022

The Art of the Christmas List

by Alana Smith
Boy mom, nurse anesthetist, and blogger about all things motherhood

I vividly remember sprawling out on the carpet of our living room with a marker and a Sears toy catalog. Such excitement lived in those pages. And it was so thick! Every toy imaginable was in there.

When I was young, I’d circle everything. Barbies, trolls, dollhouses, games—anything that remotely interested me was fair game. I’ll circle this! Oh, and this! Surely Santa will bring all of this. When I was a little older, I learned to be very strategic with my circling. That jewelry box. A Nintendo 64. A Furby. Mall Madness. I knew my odds of getting the best things were by asking for less. I would then get out some paper and neatly write down my list, then stick it to the front of the refrigerator. Oh, the anticipation!

My youngest son has circled the entire Target Christmas catalog. I think he just likes circling. My oldest son has reserved his marker for Pokémon, Nintendo Switch, and all of the dirt bike toys. His strategy is sound.

I think this is one of the most fun things about parenting—seeing ourselves in them. Seeing our kids enjoying the same things we did, 30 years ago. Seeing the magic in their eyes. The joy.

So, here’s to kicking off a memory-filled holiday season. I hope your December days are filled with anticipation and joy and lots of hot chocolate. Oh, and everything from the toy catalog.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Alana Smith is a boy mom (ages 7 and 2), nurse anesthetist, and writer in Birmingham. She shares her writing at Holy Moly Motherhood (on Facebook and Instagram), where she tackles all things motherhood and marriage.

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