This conversation happened while we were driving the other day:
Tristan: Why are you stopping, Mom?
Shayla: Because that big, red sign means you have to stop!
Tristan: Oooooh yes.
Me: The stop sign is there because we are coming up to another road and it keeps us safe, so we don't hit into another car, right?
Shayla: Ya, it's the rule and if you don't follow the rule Santa won't bring you any gifts, Tristan.
Tristan: Ooooooh yes!
Me: Uh huh. But more importantly, you stop so that you can look both ways and make sure no cars are coming and it is safe for you to go.
Shayla: And you really want Santa to bring you presents, right Tristan?
Me: I'm really NOT sure what SANTA has to do with this? You STOP so that you don't CRASH into another car and DIE!
Ok ok... I might have added the last two lines for effect, but wow am I ready for the crazy Santa scare tactics of the Christmas season to be over! Is it just me... shouldn't kids be 'good' and kind and generous and listen to their elders, etc... just because... I tell them to! Hahaha!
I mean... just because it is the good and kind and right thing to do!
Believe me, I'm not exactly sure how to get them to this point of self want to do good but I am sure of what's not gonna get them there... empty Santa threats!
And don't even get me started on that damn Elf on a Shelf!
Oh ya... Merry Christmas!
I really do love the Christmas season... Really I do!