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BOTD 12/19/15 "Early To Rise" A DMK Production

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David M. Katz


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EARLY TO RISE
A DMK Production

This is the situation:

You and your spouse have a twelve year-old son, Kevin. Kevin is spanked if needed.

You have a sister who is a single mother (your Brother-in-law passed away ten years ago) to your nephew, Isaac, who is eleven.

Your sister and Isaac always come by on Christmas morning for breakfast and gift exchanges.

Isaac does get a few gifts at home but, since things are tight for your sister and since you are financially secure, Santa leaves Isaac's major gifts at your house.

It is sort of a standing traditional rule in your family that everyone will have breakfast as a family and then open gifts. This has never been an issue for Kevin.

Yes, the boys are now aware of Santa's identity but still enjoy keeping the tradition going.


ISAAC - 11 (Nephew)
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You hear some activity and come down on Christmas morning and see this:

KEVIN - 12 (Son)
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Kevin sees you and says, "I was so excited I couldn't sleep.  I figured it would be OK to open just one gift.  Look at this great car Santa left for me!  I am going to put it together then Isaac and I can play with it when he gets here."

You collect your thoughts before saying anything and gather up the discarded wrapping and look at the tag.  The tag says, "To Kevin From Santa."

The error then dawns on you.  "Santa" was in a hurry and very tired the night before and he put the wrong tag on the car.  The car is Isaac's gift.

Had Kevin waited this would not have been an issue because you always distribute the gifts and you would have caught the error. Both boys do have other gifts.

What happens?


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Kat


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I'll explain to Kevin and promise to get him the same car since he seems so taken with it. Since he's old enough to know the score about Santa, he shouldn't mind waiting until stores open on St. Stephen's Day to get his. I find that kids are usually very good about making small sacrifices. It makes them feel generous and mature, as well as giving them a nice sense that you owe them one.

Kat

David M. Katz


Marshall
Yeah, I agree with Kat. I see no way that I could punish Kevin for my Santa's error. I will explain it all to Kevin and let him help me repackage and re-wrap everything. We'll go tomorrow and get his car.


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Pi Beta


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I agree with David & Kat - unless Kevin starts making a scene in which case he'll be going back to bed with a well reddened rump and won't be getting a replacement car after Christmas!

Y Lee Coyote


Cowboy
Kat makes some good points and a very reasonable way to go.  But, it would put somewhat of a damper on the day for both boys since the car is already assembled and can't be reboxed and rewrapped.  Perhaps the originally planned gift for Kevin would be right for Issac?  If so, then that would be a better solution.

And I'm not so sure I would have caught the double error even handling out the gifts.

Y.



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Jack


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My problem is that Kevin decided, on his own, to go ahead and open a gift. If he is aware of Santa's identity, he should know that the family wants to be there to watch his surprise when he opens it.

That's not to say this is a spanking offense - just that I'm a bit unhappy.

I'm going to assume that I had good reasons for picking out the gifts I did, so I'm going to be honest that the packages were mixed up. If he prefers the car, I'm sure we can work something out.


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David M. Katz


Marshall
TO YLC:

I totally destroyed your post. My apologies. I meant to quote you and add my comments but used my editor function instead.

Please repost your spot on comment.

Sorry.


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Y Lee Coyote


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David M. Katz wrote:TO YLC
Please repost your spot on comment.

I'm happy to say that the original was still in WordPerfect and so I could easily restore the post with just a few key strokes.

You are forgiven but surely you do know what the price of carelessness is. <smirk>

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David M. Katz


Marshall
Y Lee Coyote wrote:  But, it would put somewhat of a damper on the day for both boys since the car is already assembled and can't be reboxed and rewrapped.

Possibly a valid point considering how some things are packaged. Perhaps Kevin and I can finish assembling it then wrap it in tissue and put it in a gift bag.


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David M. Katz


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Y Lee Coyote wrote:
David M. Katz wrote:TO YLC
Please repost your spot on comment.

I'm happy to say that the original was still in WordPerfect and so I could easily restore the post with just a few key strokes.

I am glad it worked out.

Y Lee Coyote wrote: You are forgiven but surely you do know what the price of carelessness is. <smirk>

Y.

I shall report to your office before bedtime. Embarassed


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StevieWeeks


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Kevin is spending the whole day in his bedroom with only bread and water to eat...

I'm sending all his presents to a charity organisation which distributes toys to poor children...

I won't tolerate this type of disobedience...

Stevie.

David M. Katz


Marshall
StevieWeeks wrote:Kevin is spending the whole day in his bedroom with only bread and water to eat...

I'm sending all his presents to a charity organisation which distributes toys to poor children...

I won't tolerate this type of disobedience...

Stevie.

What?! No castor oil too? You're going soft on us, Stevie.


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StevieWeeks


Trailboss
There are too many people in the house for castor oil right now - things could get messy...

Y Lee Coyote


Cowboy
David M. Katz wrote:Perhaps Kevin and I can finish assembling it then wrap it in tissue and put it in a gift bag.

That would deprive Isaac of the best experiences of the gift -- opening it up -- sorting the parts -- fending off his older know-it-all cousin -- ignoring adults telling him to read the instructions -- setting it all up.  It would also make it seem like it was second hand!

The best part for me playing with my trains was setting them up not the running of them around in ovals and stuff.

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ivor


Marshall
I guess I can't blame Kevin too much for getting over excited, but if this is the major Santa present for Isaac I do have rather a problem unless he has left something equivalent for Kevin that I can swap. That's the ideal answer imo, but if there isn't anything suitable I may have to try and convince Isaac that Santa has temporarily mislaid his gift.

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Jack


Admin
Just as an aside....

This goes back at least to my generation, though I don't recall my mom, aunt, or uncle talking about it.

Most of our gifts aren't brought by Santa - they're given by family and left under the tree as the big day approaches. Santa brings one big gift, which is left out unwrapped, and he fills the stockings. Grandma and Grandpa are on the way, and we can't open gifts until they arrive, so we play with our 'Santa gift' and explore our stockings.

I kept that same tradition, since we had to wait on my mom and Patrick to arrive in the mornings, and kids who take a crowbar and grease to get them out of bed at 7am on school days will be awake and eager at five o'clock on Christmas morn - long before my mom has even had her coffee.


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MemoryMan


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What a mess up, poor Isaac.

I'll stop the assembly at the present stage and dissasemble any parts that can be removed without damage.

In the circumstances I believe that honesty is the best policy.

Then when Isaac comes down I'll explain and apologise to him and offer to compensate his disappointment.  The magnitude of my offer will depend on the way he reacts. I have little time for tantrums.

As for Kevin sneaking down to open his presents early.....?  Perhaps I should let Ike spank him
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David M. Katz


Marshall
A thought occurs to me.

We have all said that we will be honest with Kevin, and we should.

But, why not with Issac too? He is eleven and looks bright and mature.

He is also a very reasonable boy and would also probably be willing to wait until tomorrow to go shopping for a car.

Kevin keeps the car he opened and Issac gets his on the 26th.

Anyway, stuff happens and five years from now, when the cars have been relegated to a corner of the garage or the trash bin, we will all have a good laugh.



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Kat


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I think any of these options could work fine. The main takeaway seems to be honesty and getting a second car so both boys have one. Very Happy

Kat

David M. Katz


Marshall
Kat wrote:I think any of these options could work fine. The main takeaway seems to be honesty and getting a second car so both boys have one. Very Happy

Kat

Absolutely!

Be honest with BOTH boys and let them work it out and decide how to move forward.


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Jack


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Kat wrote:I think any of these options could work fine. The main takeaway seems to be honesty and getting a second car so both boys have one. Very Happy

Kat

I do kind of wonder what Kevin's other gift was, that I thought he'd like it better than this. Maybe I did get two cars, but this one is in Isaac's favorite color (pattern?), while the other is Kevin's preference...


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squarecutter


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I think technically speaking Stevie, Kevin didn't disobey me as he didn't ask. Not wild about it but I don't want to make a big issue of it at Christmas. If the car was something I think I will have to talk to my sister and see if Issac would be happy with What Kevin would have got, If not I will pay for Issac to have that car when stores are open again.

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