I’m going to share a fun holiday story from last years Christmas. But first a little background story.
You may or may not know I have a busy household here with my boyfriend, mother, my son (23), myself and 2 dogs.
My boyfriends oldest son (21) has been staying with us for the past few months, and my boyfriend has a 15-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter that comes to stay every-other weekend.
Needless to say, this house is pretty hectic at times and last Christmas was the first year everyone was here together.
In years past, it was traditional for us to wrap our presents as we bought them and then put them under the tree.
It was pretty to see them all start piling up, and we really didn’t have room to hide them anywhere anyway.
So last year was no different for us. I started buying presents pretty late in the game but did all my wrapping in one day and had them all neatly spread under our trees. (We have a grouping of 3 small trees in white, blue and teal.)
I’m going to add here that my boyfriend’s daughter LoLo has Downs, she can be pretty sassy and can get herself into some mischief at times. She keeps us on our toes and rolling in laughter most times.
So now it’s the weekend before Christmas and we have his 2 youngest kids for the weekend.
I get up early on Saturday morning and walk to the kitchen to make coffee. This is when I can hear a rustling sound coming from the utility room.
I run to the door hoping it’s not an animal that’s found it’s way in. But instead, I see LoLo shoving wads of wrapping paper into the garbage can.
At first, I thought she may have gotten into the bag of unused clippings, but then a sudden feeling of panic set in and I ran to the living room.
There I saw a sea of opened presents, everyone’s presents, and more mounds of wrapping paper.
Apparently, she got up extra early and felt like opening everyone’s gifts. I hurriedly hid everything before anyone else woke up and hoped she wouldn’t talk about the gifts she saw.
I, of course, had to go buy more paper and spend a ton of time re-wrapping all those gifts.
But, many laughs were had over the event, another great memory was made, and this year there will not be a gift in sight before the big day.
For this Christmas I hope you take time to live in the moment, whether good or not so good, because they will become great stories and memories in years to come.
I wish a very Merry Christmas to you and your family and a prosperous New Year!