Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Monday, January 24, 2022

Final Thought: Checking it twice

Hello December, the proverbial best-behavior-inducing month!

Wow, I cannot believe December has arrived and that Christmas is just around the corner, but I’m happy about it. I love this time of year!

I’m a sucker for Christmas lights, decorations and ugly sweaters, slightly cooler weather, holiday-inspired scented candles, and the kind, generous and more cheerful spirits and attitudes people typically extend one another. I am also one who waits until December when in the holiday spirit to listen to Christmas music and start my shopping. I even love crowds of people everywhere searching for the perfect something special for others, and the thrill of cool, down-to-the-wire finds for those on my “nice list.”

And speaking of nice lists, that is something I really miss benefiting from now that my kids are grown. When they were little, we would get their Christmas wish-lists as soon as Thanksgiving rolled around, along with constant reminders of how good they’d been most of the year, or how good they were vowing to be starting then.

What that translated to in my head, was a guarantee my husband and I would have the sweetest, best-behaved kids in the world. And at least through the holidays, and to keep them in check, I could start using the nice list reference to my advantage!

When the kids would fight, act up, get lazy, cry, or withhold hugs, all I had to do was remind them that if they didn’t stop, shape-up or listen, “Santa” would switch them over to the “naughty list.”

What fun, sweet leverage, because Santa, as much of a giver as he is rumored to be, was the bad guy for a minute, not me!

But those days are gone. 

Today, I can only wish for my kids’ belief in the jolly old elf, versus hoping they will comply to their naggy ‘ole mom’s pleas to complete missing assignments or extra chores here and there, control their hormonal attitudes, stick to house rules, or simply hug me on demand. 

With that said, I have heard that parents with younger kids trying to use the nice list tactic this year, may find it harder anyway, since the usual load of gift items and toys may not hit store shelves in time for Christmas. 

If that’s the case, parents may need to start plugging the shorthanded state of Santa’s workshop, the importance of familial quality time, and most of all, the actual reason for the season. 

And even if it’s true that fixings for a proper holiday dinner may be hard to come by too, I will try my best to make sure that no matter what we end up with on the table or under the tree, our whole family’s time together is sprinkled with love and gratitude.

As for the ‘nice list’ trick, I will tuck it under my sleeve for future use on grandkids someday!  

About the Author

Originally from Nogales, Arizona, Roxanne worked in the customer service industry while writing independently for years. After moving to Florida in 1999, Roxanne eventually switched her career path to focus more on writing and went on to become an award-winning reporter for The Daily Commercial/South Lake Press newspapers for 16 years prior to coming on board with Akers Media as a staff writer in July 2020 – her dream job come true. Today, Roxanne and her husband Keith of more than 20 years, live in Clermont. They have three grown children: Megan, Darius and Julissa and two dogs, Cinnamon and Remi Lulu. Roxanne says her favorite things about writing articles is talking with the people she'll be featuring, listening to their stories and learning about their passions, goals and heart. Overall, Roxanne is grateful for all the opportunities she's been given to personally witness and realize how much of a difference people can make and how every voice, big and small, really matters. In her spare time and besides writing, Roxanne enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music (especially on vinyl), Zumba, taking pictures, reading, watching movies, cooking with Julissa, and reality TV competition shows. As for her bucket list, Roxanne hopes to one day be a published author of children’s books and travel the world chasing sunsets.

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