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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

For my kids :)



Here’s my entry—for my kids :)

            If we’re quiet Mom and Dad will never know. How can they think I’ll wait until six o’clock to see what Santa brought?
            It’s not fair. They’re my presents after all.
            “Do you think we should do it?” my brother McKay asks.
            “Yes…no…maybe. I don’t know.” I flop back on my bed. All this thinking is making me tired.
            The clock blinks…4:01…4:01…4:02.       
            My sister rolls over in her sleeping bag. She’s snoring again. She’s even loud in her sleep.
            McKay starts laughing.
            “Shush,” I tell him.
            “Should we do it?” He asks swinging his footie pajama feet onto the floor, careful not to step on Sis.
            I look at him.
            He looks at me.
            We both smile.
            We’re brothers so I know what he’s thinking.
            We’re out the door and through the hall—too fast to be quiet.
   “Shush,” we both say together.
            We pause at the top of the stairs
            We’re supposed to wait here and at 6:00 a.m. Mom and Dad will come get us. It’s tradition. Just like all the kids sleeping in the same room is tradition.
            I want to start my own tradition. Sneaking to look at my presents. That’s my kind of tradition.
            “Okay, be quiet,” I tell McKay.
            The stairs squeak, and it sounds like screaming. Why is nothing quiet when you need it to be? Stairs? Sisters?
            I can see the lit tree. Now my heart is racing…then I see a shadow.
            “Hey boys. Whatcha doing?”

It’s not to late to join. Get in on the fun. Thanks Abby :)

-Angie


22 comments:

Leigh Covington said...

Oh man, I am laughing out loud at this! You've truly captured Christmas morning. My husband makes fun of me because I practically have to wake the kids up Christmas morning cause I still get so excited. hahaha. Fabulous job. Thanks for joining in the fun!

Cassie Mae said...

I love it! This was so me and my brother, only Santa didn't arrive at my house until right before Mom and Dad came and got us out of our room. Apparently he knew what we were up to :)

Melissa Sarno said...

I love this :) "I want to start my own tradition. Sneaking to look at my presents. That’s my kind of tradition." That made me laugh.

Kelley said...

So funny! We have the same tradition too where we sit at the top of the stairs until our parents invite us down. We're in our early twenties and we still do it :)

E.R. King said...

This brings me back to waiting for my parents to wake up. They were kind enough to let us open our stockings without them. Good job!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love his new tradition! That takes me back to my own childhood and that of my children. *sigh* Those were the days.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Love this. My siblings and I all slept in the same room too! And my kids are starting it as well! :D

Mirka Breen said...

Your kids have a great mom.

J. A. Bennett said...

That is too cute for words! Thank for joining the hop :)

Jenna Cooper said...

This was so fun! Definitely captures the kid's feeling about Christmas.

Angela Brown said...

This captured two beautiful things: the bond of brothers (while including some sibling fun making a poke at the sister) and the excitement of Christmas mornings.

Wonderful job:-) I really enjoyed this.

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Angie,

My brother and I had this tradition - until one year Santa was, er, late and our bicycles didn't make it for two days!

Thanks for bringing up a *good* memory, as I laugh thinking about my MOM stamping up and down in the attic, while Da tried to convince me that Santa had a flat tire.... (on a sled?)

Kim said...

Oh, I remember those days...

Tara Tyler said...

that was a sweet classic scene! love it!

Sarah Pearson said...

Oh yes, kids think they invented all the sneaking round, don't they :-)

Jolene Perry said...

LOVE.

We used to set our alarms for an INSANELY early hour, and we could play with our santa stuff until Mom and Dad woke up.

Though, we all KNEW they were awake, but they were NOT getting out of bed before 6 am.

Sara Bulla said...

I think this bit of fiction resonates with all of us: Parents or children! :) Awesome job!

Jenny S. Morris said...

So cute! You did a great job at capturing the kids. My kids still wake me up. They run into the living room, see the presents then jump on our bed.

Trisha said...

Kids. Gotta love 'em. hehe

Lillie McFerrin said...

Absolutely adorable!! Such a joy to read :)

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Very funny. I remember a few of those moments as a kid.

David P. King said...

This brought me back to my sneaking at the tree days. Thank you for participating! :)

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