Saturday, December 5, 2009

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY

Time for another Pink Saturday!!
This week we have a "theme" for Pink Saturday for the first time~ Beverly has asked us to share a favorite childhood holiday memory.....
so, here is mine.....



The holidays were always special for us........

my Mom made sure of that.......

even though we may not have had a lot......

and even when she was sick........

it was Christmas time,

and it was going to be special........

no matter what.......



I was the youngest of 6 kids........

4 boys, 2 girls.......


My Mom and Dad were two of the hardest working people

you could ever meet........

And there wasn't anything

they wouldn't do for us kids.


I remember one year when I was young,

we were told that my Dad had to work on Christmas Day.......

But, not to worry,

Because Mommy & Daddy had made special arrangements

with Santa Claus.....


they had called and told him that Daddy had to work on Christmas Day......

So, could he please come to our house early on Christmas Eve,

so that we could enjoy opening our gifts with our Dad?

Why of course he could!

He was Santa, and he could do anything!

So, early on Christmas Eve night, right after our dinner,

my second-to-the-oldest brother, ushered all of us younger ones into Mom & Dad's bedroom,

and stood guard against the door from inside........

Because we all knew that you just didn't try to "peek" at Santa.....


My oldest brother got to stay out with my Mom and Dad

just in case Santa needed any help........

The level of excitement was nearly unbearable in that room.....

waiting.........waiting.........

wait! what was that?!?!

Ohmygosh........ we heard Sleigh Bells!!!

Uh.........and what was that?!?!?

Ohmygosh..........it sounded like tiny hoofs........ on the rooftop!!!

And then.......... the Bells got louder!!

And, then they came closer, and was it? Yes~ it was! The bells were at the front door!

And........ we heard him! HO HO HO!!

OHMYGOSH........ he was here!!! He was really here!!!

We heard his boots stomping off the mud on the front porch.........

We heard the bells from his belt........

We heard his jolly laugh........ and HO HO HO again and again........

Then the whispering......... and then the rustling of paper......


Ohmygosh, Santa Claus was here......... he was in our living room........

Just on the other side of the door!

And we could hear him!!!!


We listened intently for what seemed like forever........

Until we once again heard his familiar HO HO HO coming from outside........

Once again the bells.........

and then a noise on the roof

and........."Merry Christmas, HO HO HO!"


and just like that......... quiet......... and stillness........

we held our breath........ we could not believe it........

was it real? did this really happen.....

or were we dreaming a lovely Christmas Eve dream?


Suddenly........ a knock on the bedroom door.....

and we heard our Dad say

"ok, come on out........ Santa has been here!"

What followed was a lot of scrambling and bustling......

and picture four small children trying to get through a bedroom door all at the same time!

And, then.............there it was.......... the Christmas tree......all lit up.......

with what seemed like a mountain of pretty packages under and around it!


We had a wonderful time, and though it was a bit different than our usual Christmas.....

It was such a special Christmas....... one I will always remember........

when two loving parents......... made a dream come true for their little ones.



May your Christmas be filled with

LOVE

LAUGHTER......


AND THE MIRACLES OF THE SEASON!



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