I had my concerns about Christmas morning though, since my son has a habit of waking up and going downstairs to play every morning instead of climbing into our bed (which he use to do). How were we going to convince him he had to come to our bedroom before going downstairs, that we all had to go see if Santa came together? I explained to him that when I was a little girl, I would always rush into my parent’s room and jump on their bed on Christmas morning. I was hoping my childhood story would make him want to jump on our bed instead of heading downstairs. My husband and I even put old baby gates at the top of the stairs, thinking that I’d at least hear him if he tried to go downstairs first ….. we wanted to be able to see his excitement as he saw the gifts under the tree and fireplace.
At 7:00am on Christmas morning (thank goodness it wasn’t earlier than that), my son climbed on our bed to wake us up, telling us we had to go see what Santa brought. My first reaction was “oh phew” he came to see us first, he wasn’t downstairs opening all the presents alone. However, he then proceeded to tell me what Santa brought – a Mario video game, a sled, and lots of presents. Oh no, he had been downstairs – but for how long? Had he opened things? How come I didn’t hear him?
We proceeded to get up and go downstairs. The lights were on telling me he had been downstairs, yet all the presents were exactly the way Santa left them. He was so excited. Even though he had obviously sneaked down before us, the excitement was still there seeing everything again. It was actually kind of cool to see how excited he was and realize he came down on his own at some point, because he just couldn’t wait for us.
Of course his favorite present was the Wii and the accompanying Lego Avenger video game. His second favorite was the sled – now we just need snow, but at least we are prepared in case we ever do get some snow here in Atlanta. Behind our house is a golf course with some little hills that would be great for a little boy on a sled.
Christmas memories are one’s you will have forever. What are yours? I hope everyone had a great holiday season and look forward to 2014!