Every year there is some big deal present that all the parents are trying to get hold of...and there are shortages, and fights, and parents who feel terrible because they didn't get the big deal present for their child. (And by January 1, the parents who did get it keep finding it under the bed, tossed in a corner, or otherwise ignored. Oh well.)
I'm not talking about that 'big deal'.
I think I know what the BIG DEAL present will be this year, as far as Little Bit is concerned.
I don't think it will be the pajamas bought at last year's clearance. They are nice, and warm, and she will like them just fine. They have cute polar bears on them, so I know they'll make her smile.
I don't think it will be the puzzle from the thrift store either, although I know she will enjoy the puzzle. Same with the 'Let's Go Fishing' that we found a screaming deal on when she was about a year old and hid under the basement stairs. I think she will like it, and play with it, but there is something better.
Her 'big deal' present - a gorgeous doll house, complete with all sorts of little furniture and people for me to find everywhere and step on with bare feet, will be fun. It's really neat - and even better, it's a hand-me-down from a good friend - but I'm not sure it'll be the BIG HIT.
I would post a picture of the BIG HIT, but Little bit 'reads' my blog, so I'm not going to do that. I don't want to spoil her surprise - I'll just tell you.
Honest to goodness, I think her most favorite, most beloved, most used, used up and loved present will be the roll of scotch tape we got her on sale for 39 cents at Walgreens. This child is into my tape dispenser all the time, and she loves to tape things up, tape things together, make pretend band-aids - if tape is involved in whatever she's doing, she's a happy girl. So, yeah - I'm pretty sure the biggie this year will be a roll of tape.
Thirty nine cents...and I used a register reward, so I didn't really spend 'actual money' on it.
(Don't tell her - we got her THREE!)