Dear Zan & Jayna,
I’ve tried, children. I’ve tried to be nice. For days now, I’ve sat quietly on a shelf, or hung from the Christmas tree, or peered down upon you from atop the mantle or the cabinets or the china cupboard or whatever other wacky spot it was into which I’d been wedged. And I’ve tried.
I’ve tried, by virtue of my silent presence, to gently coax you into compliance with your parents’ wishes. And I had hoped that my mere presence alone would be enough to keep you in line … but, after the display the two of you put on this morning, it has become clear to me that my pixie-ish grin and my kind, blue eyes aren’t getting the message across … so here’s how it’s gonna be:
You two are going to get with the program right now, because if you do not, there is going to be nothing but a fuckload of coal up in this bitch on Christmas morning, you dig? And, no, this isn’t the booze talking. Don’t let the red pajamas and goofy look plastered on my face fool you, OK? Because I will cut a bitch.
Boy Child: Enough! Enough with the whining and the crying and the moody outbursts and the falling apart about every little thing your sister does. Stop being such a wimp. You think you’ve got it bad? How do you think I feel, huh? I’ve gotta live with you lunatics, sit stock still all day long, and then spend every night flying back and forth to the North Pole so I can report your behavior to Santa! I mean, SERIOUSLY? All the technology he delivers every Christmas, and he can’t figure out how to text? I’ve gotta fly the information to him? Asshole.
Girl Child: Same goes for you! STOP. IT. You’re cute, but you also are a spectacular pain in the ass. Stop provoking your brother, because if you don’t, and he snaps, I will turn a blind eye. The jolly fat man won’t hear a word of it from me. What he will hear about, however, is your constant “No!”-ing and back-talking and grunting and screaming and crying every time your parents ask you to do something. That shit’s over, capiche?
Repeat after me, children: “OK, Mommy. OK, Daddy.”
Good. Now stick to that script and you might actually have a shot at seeing the
boatload of ridiculously expensive shit for which your parents worked their asses off gifts Santa is planning to give you this year.