With the temperatures cooling on the east coast and the calendar turned towards September I have Christmas on my mind because, it is always on my mind. Maybe even in May. And June. Maybe in July. And maybe I have started to think about Christmas lists. And I could have listened to a song or two, because they were next on the playlist.
But before we go there we need to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving. And every Halloween it is the same – I think about the bin of dress up clothes and costumes in the playroom. I think about how I could dress full ensembles and class plays with the wardrobe we have collected over the years. I think about how I should be one of those Moms who puts her foot down and chooses her kid’s costumes or demands that they wear one from the year before or from the dress up bin. But then they get soooo excited. And because I am a softee and easily manipulated I find myself in Target or Party City buying another uninspiring number.
But this year ladies, I have a strategy. I am using the “what’s in it for me” approach. In other words incentives. In other words bribery.
I told them that they have a choice:
- Choice A they pick out a costume as they do every year.
- Choice B they select one from the dress up bin, or we make one together AND they get $7.
And the creative juices are flowing – my son has ideas for an Eagles player. My oldest suddenly remembered the angel costume that is stowed away for the family Christmas pageant (it’s all about Christmas girls). And when this conversation comes up my youngest grows eerily quiet. Her eyes narrow, her head levels and out of the corner of my nervous twitching eye – I see her sizing me up. And then Kenny Roger’s The Gambler starts playing in the background. And if I was a gambling woman, I would bet on her. She will probably end up with a new costume and $7 because she is that good. And I am that easy manipulated.
Between us if I can get 2/3 of my crew to recycle a costume I am happy with the results. When I consider the economics of $20-$30 for a costume, $7 is a cost savings. My advantage – they have no source of income except for loosing teeth. $7 is 7 teeth and that could take years to amass. I think we have a solution here.