The other day, my son came up to me, very serious, and asked, “Mama, we’ll still be having a stocking and then Santa will leave the presents under the tree for us too?”. [He’s been worrying about all the changes he’s seen happening at home and, I think, just wanted me to put his mind at rest that there wouldn’t be unpleasant and unexpected changes to Santa’s routines too]. I calmed him and then got to thinking about what traditions the littles will grow up with regarding their present opening….
On Christmas Eve, they’re allowed to open one present which ‘magically’ appears under the tree around bedtime. Then they run off to bed with their stocking, which they leave at the end of their bed, to be filled by Santa as they sleep. All bets are off as to which one wakes up first (the record was my son, one year, at 4am!)…and once they’re awake, we open the presents in their stockings. About half way through, however, they’re itching to run to the tree and see what Santa’s left there for them. They get the go-ahead to run and it’s giggles and laughter all the way to the tree then sighs and ‘Wowee’ and ‘Oh I knew we’d been good‘ as they reach the tree and see all the presents underneath. Then it’s each to their own, a mad present-opening frenzy!
There’s nothing quite so special in your whole life, is there, as those ‘Santa’ moments: the one before you fall asleep on Christmas Eve, when you really really want to stay awake to see if you can see him (or, at least, hear his bells); and the one when you wake up and you see he’s been and you literally can’t contain the excitement because you can’t wait to see what presents he’s left!
I am looking forward so much to Christmas Eve/Christmas Day this year…I can’t wait to hear their giggles as they run to the tree, see their faces as they see all the presents under the tree, feel their excitement as they open them all…it’s moments like those that make a Mama’s heart sing….does anyone else get an enormous amount of satisfaction from clearing away all the discarded paper afterwards? I love it…it feels like a job well done to clear all that paper away: happiness fulfilled for the two most important people in your life.
[Joining in with Blogmas – thanks so much, Sandra, for organising it!]