Do you cry during the holidays? Do you find an emotional message that speaks directly to you around every corner? I do. Truth be told, I cry all year round. But the holidays seem to be especially heartwarming.
A few years ago I was pregnant during Christmas. Kay Jewelers commercials made me tear up! And if I hear The Christmas Shoes...well, that was it. I pulled over more than once to sob my way through the beautiful song and recollect myself so that I could drive safely again!
This year I've shed a few tears too. A few days ago I gave the gives some change for the Salvation Army bucket and the sincere, "Thank you," that the bell ringer gave us brought tears to my eyes. And then today...the kids got me! We already went to talk to Santa and let him know what we wanted, but since then we learned that Dada has to work on Christmas day. So, we waited for over half an hour to see Santa again today. We went to the mall to play at the train table at Barnes and Noble and get some Kataluma Chai (pretty much the main reasons we ever go to the mall!) and the kids wanted to put those things on hold to go visit Santa again to ask him one question.
So, we waited and when it was our turn they ran up to Santa and started talking all at the same time. Santa laughed, "Ho, ho, ho," and settled them down. Then he told him he remembered they'd already come to see him and asked if they thought of something else they wanted.
"Kind of," Jace said.
Gracie added, "Our Dada has to work Christmas day."
Santa sighed, "Oh, I see."
"So, if it's not a problem, could you bring our presents on Christmas Eve eve? That's Thursday night, " Jace finished.
Santa put his hand on Jace's shoulder and said, "I'd be happy to do that for your family. It'll lighten my load for Christmas night too."
I know I'm a sucker. I know the kids asked more so they could get their presents early than so Scott could enjoy them with them. But the tears welled up and had a difficult time not letting the dam break! It really was special. Tyler even gave Santa a hug and said, "Tank you, Ho Ho," before running away.
They're loving, wonderful children. I hope their Christmas Eve morning is everything they hoped!