It’s been a few years since Christmas has been this much fun in our household.
Having a 4-year-old and 2-year-old in the family makes it that way.
Christmas, of course, is about much more than the smiles on children’s faces, but seeing their excitement sure adds to the spirit of the season.
Our grandsons came to visit over the weekend. They saw our tree with its ornaments and 2-year-old Layne said, “We have Christmas at our house, too!”
Kids usually aren’t at a loss for suggestions when you ask them what they want for Christmas. Not so for our grandsons.
Aiden asked Santa for a character called Hotdog for a game called Skylanders that he plays on the Wii.
“What else do you want,” I asked him.
“Nothing else. Just that,” was his response. And that was the line he stuck to all day.
Layne only wants a Spiderman. My wife does have him asking for a car for grandma. I think he even told Santa that when he sat on his lap last week.
Sorry, hon, but Santa doesn’t make stops at our house anymore...
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The grandsons thought Santa was at our house Saturday. Last week I went digging through some of our two daughters’ old things – hoping they’d get the hint to take them with them.
I ran across a set of small two-way radios that we bought one summer about 18 years ago, back when my kids still enjoyed camping and before cell phones were as commonplace as today.
The radios still worked great, so I hid one near where the grandsons were playing and went upstairs, pressed the button on the other radio and, in the best Santa voice I could muster, said, “Aiden and Layne, this is Santa Claus. Have you been good boys?”
I wish I could have seen their faces...
Because, the radio on their end was hidden, others in the house were communicating with me what the boys were saying. We had a short conversation about the need for them to behave, etc.
Thinking 4-year-old Aiden was about to catch on, I stopped. Later, I hid the radio in the kitchen, near where they were eating and started another conversation.
This time I didn’t need others to communicate to me what they were saying – I could hear their excited voices from my perch at the top of the stairs.
Here’s hoping all of your Christmases match the joy and excitement expressed by children this time of year.