This is a conversation my wife recently had with my 3-year-old daughter M- and 6-year-old son D-. M- only touched on the tip of the iceberg, and D- is learning the benefits of spin in public relations:
D- (sweet as sugar and twice as pure): Mom, how many more days until Christmas?
J- (as innocently as he wishes he was): Why?
D-: 'Cause then we get presents!
J-: Oh, yeah, right. Well, 19 days, bud.
M- (helpfully chiming in): D-, we'd better start being good, 'cause I really want presents!
D- (nodding): We have been good...
M- (shaking her head in disbelief): No, no, we haven't!! Remember I drew on you with a marker today??!
I wish you all the best of luck in restraining your own baser natures just long enough to trick Santa into giving you everything you want, but little that you need!
You may enjoy my previous M- conversations, D- conversations, and J- conversations.