How are your kiddos doing with Christmas just a few short days away? I remember what Christmastime was like as a kid. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. And Christmas Eve was the worst. Believing in Santa Clause or not I always sat in the dark, tossing and turning in my sheets while I waited for anticipation to get tired of fighting with sleep. The teen in the house is too cool to show Christmas excitement. But the two youngest, thankfully, are not yet able to hide it. I have received at least two last minute urgent amendments to Christmas lists in the past few days. Ever since they started putting together snowmen at school and watching continuous runs of Toy Story Christmas they have forgotten how to walk. The impending Christmas excitement has them running anywhere that is a distance of more than two feet away. The excitement goes up a notch at certain times too. I was greeted at the door when I came home today after shopping – ‘What’d you get us?’ ‘Have you finished shopping yet?’ ‘Are you hiding our presents in the trunk?’ To which I respond, Nothing. Maaaaybe, and You better not go lookin’. Confession: I may be slightly contributing to their excitement. I play Christmas music…correction… I blast Christmas music whenever the mood hits. I am pretty sure the Christmas lights I have hanging, let’s just say on various places throughout the house other than the tree, may have something to do with it too. Despite the fact that I got up at the crack of dawn, waited in long check out lines with my stomach operating on the ghosts of breakfast past, wandered aisle after parking aisle hoping for a parking lottery (only to most times have to risk my life trying to make it to the stores front door), in the end it’s all worth it. Through them I can relive the anticipation of Christmas. While I am not waiting for Santa any more there is something about watching the kiddos rip open their gifts. Me and the hubby looking like chefs waiting for the food critic’s verdict: will they like it? Did we get what they asked for? In a few days Christmas will leave as fast as it came. Christmas songs will have vanished as if they were never there. And we’ll have to wait another 365 days to do it all over again. I must say…already I can’t wait.
Are you and the kiddos Christmas excited?