Dempsey's first Christmas is coming soon! We've told him how Santa Claus brings presents to good little boys, and Dempsey is very excited. Evidently, he thinks he's been a good little boy, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
We asked him what he's going to ask Santa for, and, perhaps not surprisingly, he said he only wants one thing: a puppy. A puppy! As Doreen and I have learned this year, it's a big responsibility and a lot of work to have a puppy. We tried explaining this to Dempsey, but he said he's 10 in dog years, and that he thinks he's old enough to take care of a puppy. Hmm. We've suggested that Dempsey ask Santa for something that would fit in one of his stockings.
In the meantime, we've started putting up a Christmas tree. We say "started," because we're doing this in stages. Yesterday we went to the dollar store to buy some cheap plastic ornaments, which we'll use this year instead of the nice glass ones. Today, we put up the tree. In a couple of days, we'll start decorating the tree, top to bottom, over a few days. Hopefully, by doing this gradually, we'll help Dempsey stay on Santa's "good" list.
As we've said, it's a lot of work having a puppy.