MLP Christmas

by humanmama on December 27, 2010

I’m not sure what it is in being a parent that would make you wait in line for a Cabbage Patch Kid for 20 hours. Or pay $70 online for a Zhu Zhu pet. I’ve thought people were totally nuts to get in fights over beanie babies, or to go to Black Friday at 12:01 am after Thanksgiving. But whatever it is, I’ve caught it.

I know what it is, actually, so I shouldn’t judge. It’s the desire, no matter how off-base, no matter how displaced, to see your kids happy. To give them what they really want, even if it is a battery-powered hamster who makes cow noises. To make some of that magic real, that magic that says “maybe there is a Santa Claus!” Anyway, I never understood until this year: the year of the My Little Ponies.

This is how I will remember this year. In early December I decided that I didn’t want to shop, at a mall or online, for their toys. So I looked on craigslist. It took me a few days but I finally found it. Helena has been known to say in her little 4-and-a-half-year-old voice “I love anything ponies,” so I looked and looked and there it was one day: “Lot of My Little Ponies, 25 in all.” I emailed the woman selling, she emailed back that she would take $15 for them and throw in some extras, and I bought My Little Ponies, for about 60 cents a piece.

But when I opened the bag I realized that plastic Pony hair doesn’t hold up well to playing. Their hair was a little matted, a little tattered. And that’s when I caught it: the parental Christmas fever. That little switch turned on inside of me and I spent the rest of the month, day by day, doing something I never would have imagined I’d do: washing and blow-drying the hair of 25 My Little Ponies. That’s right, I’ll admit it. Blowing it dry with a round brush, if you must know, as I would do to my own hair.

Also, it was more like 35 MLPs, as my mom has come to refer to them.

It’s actually worse than you’d imagine. One night I was taking a bath and I thought, might as well do some ponies while I’m in here. Picture the look on my husband’s face as he came to get ready for bed and there I was, sitting in the bathtub, washing the MLPs. Needless to say he was a little worried about me this month, but it all came full-circle when I gave him the bag of about 300 blocks that I bought for Lilly on craigslist and he spent perhaps one hour on the floor of the living room, Christmas Eve, “setting them up” (AKA playing with them).

It was worth it. Christmas morning the kids were just blown away. Hardly anything short of a new pool could equal the visual impact of 35 My Little Ponies playing and frolicking around the living room. Was it a little crazy? Sure. Shouldn’t Christmas be a little crazy? I’m not talking “stress out” crazy, but just a little nuts. A little magical.

Besides, you should have seen their hair. Magic!

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heather December 27, 2010 at 9:04 am



Anonymous December 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I can so picture it! What a warm fuzzy! mom Linda


bea December 28, 2010 at 12:19 am

You are mad! But being a little mad for the kids is a good thing. Also I love your theme of thrifty re-use! Nice work! Oh, and I'll vouch for the beautiful hair. You make it work with the round brush!


Dana January 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Oh my goodness. I am laughing so hard there are tears running down my cheeks. You are great. I just can't stop imagining you taking a bath with the MLPs. This is great.


aj April 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

yes you CAN imagine me taking a bath with the MLPs. But that’s only because we lived together so long :)


buckycatt January 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I'm glad you weren't blow drying the hair in the tub! That's what I imagined. Thank you Ben for taking my bro to the airport so he could come visit us! Hugs & Happy New Year!


Jessica {Team Rasler} February 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

You are one dedicated mama! I'm impressed at your MLP dedication. I think that between the options of spending an outrageous amount of time or spending an outrageous amount of money, you made the right choice by far. I pity the parents who end up doing both. My husband, too, played with the blocks we bought for our kids! Glad you had a merry Christmas.


aj April 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

HA! I love the MLPs but I think I’m the only one. I sometimes look at them and think, “they could really use a good blow-out…”! Then I realize Helena’s playing on top of her bookshelf with the window shade, or something. -sigh-


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Great post, I admire the writing style :) A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool.


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