Nuttin’ for Christmas or: Why My Pest Problems Might Be Over

08 Dec
Photo by fatty tuna

Yesterday, we were driving in the car and listening to Christmas music.  Specifically, the song “Nuttin’ for Christmas” by Barry Gordon was playing.  If you’re not familiar with the song, a child (boy?) sings about the fact that he’s been very naughty and isn’t getting anything for Christmas.  Jenna was very intrigued by this song (I think because of the child singing), and she asked a bazillion questions.

“Nuttin’ for Christmas? Why nuttin’ for Christmas?”

“He was naughty?  What did he do?”

“No presents?  Why won’t Santa give him presents?”

“His mommy and daddy are mad?”

“Is that his mommy and daddy?” (when adults chime in with the singing)

But when the song came to this line:  “I made Tommy eat a bug”  she became more than intrigued.

J: “Eat a bug??  He’s going to eat a bug?”

J: “I want to eat a bug!!!  Eat a bug for Christmas!!”

PsychDaddy:  “OK, but just one.”

J: “NOOOOOO!! FOUR bugs!  I want to eat FOUR bugs for Christmas!!”

J: Repeats that she wants to eat four bugs for Christmas the rest of the drive home (approximately 3,852 times).  If there was a competition for toddler repetitiveness, she would be the champion.

This becomes even funnier given the fact that she repeatedly brought this up off and on throughout the ENTIRE day.  I don’t know what would make her think of it, but periodically she would check in with us by asking:

J: “Mommy, when Christmas comes, I can eat four bugs, right?”

Me: Sure Sweetie.  If you want to eat bugs at Christmas, you can.

J: “OK” (nods head in satisfaction)

Sure, I’m slightly worried (and TOTALLY grossed out) that she might actually do it, but people in other cultures eat bugs all the time and are perfectly fine, right??  And besides, if she likes it, this might be the end of my pest problems.


Posted by on December 8, 2008 in Christmas, Jenna, Random Fun


8 responses to “Nuttin’ for Christmas or: Why My Pest Problems Might Be Over

  1. Spring @ Forever Spring

    December 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    LOL…why NOT four bugs indeed?

    We had a giant, ugly spider I’m sure was poisonous living in our breakfast room window (of all places!) and the kids wouldn’t let me “remove” it. They wanted to watch it spinning and sleeping and yes, eating its prey while we ate. Yumbo. I did lose a little weight though, as a side benefit…

  2. Issa

    December 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I have some rolly pollys she could have, as I find them everywhere, because my kid insists on bringing them home in her pockets. 🙂

    Bailey ate a bug a few times. Grosses me out just to think about it. Kids are so weird.

  3. Carrie

    December 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Ok, I suddenly have the urge to mail your child some gummy bugs. LOL!!!

  4. jen

    December 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    i had a student say to me one time,
    (note the speech errors…)

    “you dot a mama??”
    — yes, i have a mom.
    “she let you eat piders?”
    — um, no, my mom doesn’t let me eat spiders. i don’t think spiders would taste very good.
    “i like eat piders.”
    — oh really? do they taste good?
    ” yep! i dobble ’em up.”


  5. Kylie

    December 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Yeah, bugs are delicious and nutritious! She’ll be fine.

    And of course, gummy bugs might get a laugh and won’t gross you out:).

  6. Nicole Feliciano

    December 9, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Funny stuff! Guess what your girl has won…you’ll have to check here at Momtrends! Congrats!

  7. psychmamma

    December 10, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Gummy bugs! You guys are brilliant! I hadn’t even thought of that, but they’ll definitely be added to her stocking. Perfect. 🙂

  8. iMommy

    December 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Gummy bugs ARE perfect.

    See, this is why blogging makes us better parents.


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