Santa found every single most-desired item on the lists this year. No small feat when you are talking grandkid numbers in the double digits.
But perhaps the greatest kudos go this year to the helpful people at our local farm supply store -- not where you'd first expect to find the perfect gift for the urban 3-year-old, which is probably why it was there.
Baby Geneva, having made what appears to be a full recovery from her lymph node surgery, had one big request for Santa: a springy, bouncing, rocking horse. She even saw the picture of the one she wanted: "Lucky," in the Toys R Us ad.
We thought it would be simple. That is until we found out that it wasn't in stores and "sold out" popped up on web site after web site. Finally, I decided to check the manufacturer's site for the possibility it could be ordered directly. It couldn't. But under the list of retail partners was ... Tractor Supply.
Just on the chance that a lot of urban moms, dads and grandmas wouldn't have thought of checking a farm supply store for toys, I did. And sure enough, there he was with two whole days to spare.
She loves him. He is just like the picture only bigger. Santa rocks.
Or rather, did rock, until the bouncing imp smiled up at Grandma and said "Next year, Santa will bring me an alive horse."
Oh, well. I have 362 more days to figure out how to deal with THAT one.