Boone:  "Mom, we are having Santa shop at school this week.  Can I have some money?"

Ugh... I hate Santa shop.   You have to give them a dollar for everyone in your family.  That's a lot of dollars for us.  And, worse, a lot of junk the kid brings home!  Tacky Christmas ties,   cheap mugs or a random Christmas ornament that doesn't match anything.

Cokie:  "I remember I took my own money to buy Mom something from the Santa shop!  She threw it in the trash when she thought I wasn't looking!"

Me: "I did not."  

That's my story and I'm sticking to it... forever.