I’ve been putting it off, but finally, with the big day fast approaching, we went Christmas shopping today.
Gabriel (my almost 3 year old) was very excited, shouting “Tree mummy. Lights mummy. Snow mummy” all the way there.
When we arrived, we didn’t quite get the lovely Christmas experience we were expecting. In fact, Gabriel was so shocked and slightly scared, that he was quiet for at least a whole minute.
So we turned up at the shopping centre, to find a Christmas display in the entrance hall.
You might, in your mind, be thinking of something that looks like this
Think more along the lines of a Disney/James Bond evil villan
As the evil Teddy turned his narrow eyes towards us, Gabriel sought refuge behind me, clutching my coat as he whispered “will bear eat me Mummy”.
I honestly didn’t know the answer.
He was so huge and scary, he looked like he’d eaten at least a dozen kids that morning!
“Lets go to the other side” I said, dragging reluctant child behind me.
That was a BIG mistake.
On the other side of the display, we found this
“Mummy. Why is Rat on him”, Gabriel asked. “Well, it looks like a Rat, sweetheart, but I think it’s supposed to be a mouse and I think he’s giving him a kiss”. Gabriel pondered this for a moment. “No, mummy” he said sternly “not kissing. Eating”.
So, my boys first Christmas display experience involved a giant evil Teddy and a rat eating a dead bear.
On this occasion, every little definitely DOES NOT help. Keep your creepy Christmas display to yourselves!
Bring back the reindeers!