Of course, I procrastinated this year and left everything to the last minute. Late last night I finished my PEACE banner I’ve been working on for two weeks.
It’s been our tradition, even when Boy Wonder was small, to go to Midnight mass. Typically, I would “leave a candle burning” so that I’d have to dash back into the house just before we left. In those quick moments I would stuff the kiddo’s stocking and he would be none the wiser. Usually, he wouldn’t even notice when we got back in the wee hours of Christmas. But last year, he paid attention and he’s been plotting all year to catch Santa in the act.
He reminded me today that he intends to be the last person out and he’s making sure he locks the door behind him. Uh oh. I’m afraid my old ploy of a burning candle isn’t going to work this year. So… I decided to call in reinforcements. This afternoon I called my buddy Tom and begged him to come out and keep Santa alive just one more year. I’ve left explicit instructions on how to get the job done, including the ever-important eating of the cookies left for the Jolly one. Something tells me, Tom won’t need to be bribed into that part!
I know next year it will be over… but just this last time, I’m hoping for Santa’s arrival.
I’ve been informed that there will be no phoning in the traditional Christmas chocolate pie. So, I’d better go bake! Then it’s off to Mass while Santa sneaks into my house and delivers Christmas. I’m wishing each of you a blessed holiday. May the light of Christmas arrive in your hearts and in your lives.
Peace be with you.
I’m waiting for the “children” to wake up- the part that is gone,now that they are older, is the 6 am shrieks and calls to “get up Mom! Santa came!” Now they sleep as late as most young adults but still- at this very moment Abby is standing here in my office, nudging her brother on the sofa, saying, “Dan! Get up! I think Santa came and filled your stocking.” Indeed he did. One of the nicest changes is the kids look forward to getting new underwear and socks for Christmas now that they are starving artist and and student. 🙂
Wende, have a wonderful day. I love your banner, your tree, your cookies. Merry Christmas!
We all slept late as well.Â I was shocked to have to wake Boy Wonder.Â When I told him “It’s time to get up, ” he said, “What for?”Â heh… he was so tired he didn’t realize it was Christmas!!Â Boy, are things changing fast around here!!!
I hope you have a lovely day, Vicki!Â Merry Christmas!!!Â ~W
Beautiful peace banner, tree and cookies. It is hard to keep the Santa alive for the kids, and I was relieved to not have to. The girls got up later than they used to, but seemed happy with their day. Pretty soon we’re off to take Ashley to the airport for her trip to the midwest. Say a prayer for her, OK?
I’m praying, Margaret!Â Did Ashley make it to her destination OK?Â Let me know, m’kay?Â ~Wen
Peace be with me? And also with you! Oh, and just to be sure we are clear – my New Year’s resolution is NO HOUSE GUESTS in 2007. I think there’s blog fodder in that one… I love you! Merry Christmas.
I like your New Year’s resolution! :DÂ Sounds glorious to me! We should vacation at home too! 😀 ~W
Merry Christmas Wende! Your list of Christmas Eve tasks has left me shamed! The view from your house is amazing, and I think you may just have to send me instructions on how to re-create your PEACE banner. Being as craft-impaired as I am, it will definitely not turnÂ nice as yours!
Oh, Margo–the banner is EASY.Â Very little sewing (none if you want) is required.Â I’ll type up the instructions and email them to you! :DÂ ~W
Merry Christmas,Â Heather!Â Hug those kiddos for me, m’kay? ~W
Beautiful banner, and great tale of Xmas Eve sleight of stocking. Hope you guys kept Santa going–sounds like you had it covered!
Thanks, Dan… we did!Â Hope your holiday in the land of eternal sun was balmy :D.Â ~W
Everything is just lovely! I like your strategy of years past. I hope everything went smoothly this year as well! It does sound like Boy Wonder is getting a bit wise….
A little too wise, for my tastes!Â Santa is saved for another year—looks like Tom might have a permanent gig! :DÂ ~W
It looks like you have a view from your porch… I’m so jealous! 🙂
I hope you had a lovely Christmas, everything looks divine… you’re a good diciple of Martha!
OK, here’s weird: my kid (age 9) doesn’t believe in Santa anymore, yet on Xmas eve, she put out cookies and milk. And told me it was for her dad, or me, or “whoever”. What th’ …?
I used to be dreadful about thank you letters, and now I’m great. It’s like I stole your mojo.
Excuse me, I’d like my mojo back please! 😀 And there is no accounting for 9 year olds!~W