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George and Harold were opening their Christmas gifts early Christmas morning.
“George,” said Harold. “Look at all the gifts under the Christmas tree for us!”
“I know,” said George. “There are tons! We must have been good boys this year!”
“Yes,” said Harold. “We must have been. One thing though, I don’t see anything that looks like a wagon. Do you?”
“No,” said George. “I don’t either. I sure hope we did get a wagon though.”
“Me too,” said Harold. “It would be a lot of fun.”
By the time George and Harold had opened up all their gifts, they had so many toys to play with that they had totally forgotten all about the wagon that they wanted.
Spring came and George and Harold wanted to go outside and play.
“George and Harold,” said Dad. “Why don’t you go play with your wagons that you got for Christmas?”
“Well,” said George. “We would but we didn’t get a wagon for Christmas.”
“What!” exclaimed Dad. “Are you sure?”
“Oh yes,” said Harold. “We wanted a wagon so much but then we did get all those other great toys that we forgot all about the wagon. We do know that we didn’t get one though.”
“Well,” said Dad. “That is very strange because I thought for sure Santa had brought you one.”
“He definitely didn’t,” said George.
“I have to go check on something,” said Dad. “You boys wait right here. I will be right back.”
Dad went out into the garage and he was shocked when he saw two bright red matching wagons sitting there with bright red bows on them.
“Boys,” called Dad. “Please come to the garage. There is something here that you need to see.”
George and Harold went out into the garage and they were shocked when they saw the two red wagons sitting there.
“Oh my!” exclaimed Harold. “I don’t believe it!”
“I am confused,” said George. “What are the wagons doing out here? Why weren’t they under the tree and why are there two of them?”
“George,” said Harold. “I bet Santa Claus put them out here because there was no room under the tree for them.”
“Okay,” said George, thinking about what Harold had just said. “That does make perfect sense.”
“I think the reason there are two of them,” said Dad. “Is because you boys were so good last year that Santa wanted to give you one wagon each.”
“I guess it really does pay to be good,” said George, taking the handle to one of the wagons and heading outside with it.
“Oh yes,” said Harold, doing the same with the other wagon. “It sure does!”
Little Molly wanted a kitten for Christmas and she was pretty sure that she was going to get her wish this year.
“I know I have been a good girl,” said Molly to herself on Christmas morning. “I sure hope I have a kitten under the tree.”
Molly was so excited that she could barely contain herself when Mother called her to come downstairs.
“Molly dear,” said Mother. “It’s time to see what Santa brought!”
Mother had a special little chair for Molly to sit in and Mother started handing out the gifts to her. The first gift Mother handed Molly was a big box. Molly put her ear up to it but she couldn’t hear anything.
“What are you listening for?” asked Mother.
“I was listening to see if I could hear a meow,” said Molly.
“I see,” said Mother.
Molly opened the gift that Mother had given her and inside it was a bag of kitten food, a collar for a kitten and a matching food and water dish.
“Hmm,” said Molly, checking out the bottom of the box to make sure there was no kitten hiding in it. “Nothing there.”
Mother handed Molly another gift and this one was a nice soft and furry kitten bed.
“This is very strange,” said Molly. “Why would Santa Claus bring me all these kitten gifts and no kitten? I don’t get it.”
“Well Santa Claus does do some strange things when he brings the gifts,” said Mom. “But I don’t actually think he could put a live kitten under the Christmas tree.”
Molly thought about what Mom had said and it did make sense. It would not be fair to a kitten to wrap it up and put it under the tree.
“So,” said Molly. “If Santa didn’t put the kitten under the Christmas tree, where would he have put him?”
“Right here,” said Dad, who walked into the living room with a little bundle of fur.
“Oh my!” exclaimed Molly, taking the kitten from Dad’s arms. “He is absolutely adorable!”
Molly took a good look at her little kitten. He was orange and white with a little bit of black on his back.
“I think I am going to call him Ginger,” said Molly.
“That is a very good name for him,” said Mother.
“Yes,” said Dad. “It sure is. He is just the right color for his name.”
Molly was so pleased with Ginger. She loved him to bits. Mother and Dad knew instantly that Molly would take good care of him.
Molly played with Ginger the whole rest of the day. When someone came over she immediately showed off her new Christmas kitten and everyone knew that Ginger was going to be well taken care of.
That night, Molly took Ginger upstairs with her and set up his new bed right beside hers. That night, however, Ginger decided that he would find a better place to sleep. He crawled up on the bed and slept right beside her.
“Awe!” exclaimed Mother when she came in to check up on Molly and Ginger.
“I can see they are going to be lifelong friends,” said Dad.
“Oh yes,” said Mother. “That is so apparent.”
Christmas Day was the most glorious day of the year in our family. We followed the traditions of our Grandparents and it was always so much fun.
We would wake up early on Christmas morning but we were not allowed to go into the living room to see what was under the tree until Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa had their morning cup of coffee and we children had to eat our breakfast. The anticipation of waiting to open our gifts made it all the more exciting, especially for the younger children.
The truth is we never did eat much breakfast on Christmas morning. We were so excited that we could hardly stand it. When the first adult entered the living room and turned on the Christmas tree lights, that was our cue that we were finally allowed to open our gifts.
However, we weren’t allowed to just barge into the living room and tear into the gifts like madmen. We had to still follow tradition. We were given our stockings to open first. Our stockings usually contained a few candy canes, a knitted pair of socks and mittens, an orange, a new toothbrush, a few small toys and a shiny silver dollar.
Once our stockings were opened we would then be given one gift at a time to open. Usually we were given the smallest gifts first and we knew that our biggest gift was always the last one. By the time we got to our biggest gift, we were beyond excited. We would be jumping around like jack rabbits.
“Okay,” said Grandfather, who was excited to see the looks on our faces as we opened the gifts. “Who wants to open up their last gift?”
Grandfather seemed to be just like a little kid himself on Christmas Day. He knew how to get a reaction out of us and he loved it. Grandfather was most interested in our bigger gifts because he knew it was his job to help put them together for us and help us to test them out.
“What have we here?” asked Grandpa, when we got bicycles one year. “Looks like I have some work ahead of me.”
Grandpa would then take the bicycles downstairs and by the end of the day he would have three perfectly built bicycles.
Our traditions didn’t stop there. We had traditions for Christmas dinner as well.
Mom would bring the food in from the kitchen. Grandma always said a blessing and Dad would always cut the turkey. Grandpa was always the first one to dish out the food. Before any of the children could eat, each of us would tell the best part of our Christmas Day. We all enjoyed the presents that we got and the food that we were about to eat.
Right after our Christmas dinner Dad would turn on the stereo while Grandma and Mother did the dishes. After the dishes were done, they would join us and Grandpa, Grandma, Dad and Mother would sing and dance. We children would also join in. Music was always a big part of our Christmas traditions.
We children still carry on this tradition today with our own children and we hope they will do the same with their children in future generations to come. Traditions are fun and they help to make Christmas and other holidays that much more exciting.
On Christmas morning, our dog, Sam, would be the first to wake up. He would make the rounds to each of our bedrooms. He would jump on our beds and kiss our faces until he had each of us awake. He did this every single Christmas morning. It wasn’t until I was grown up that I realized that Grandpa had a hand in this. Grandpa was the early, early riser in our house.
“Sam!” I exclaimed, giving him a big hug. “Merry Christmas!”
I quickly threw on a housecoat and a pair of slippers and went downstairs. If I was the first one there, I would get to plug in the Christmas lights. This particular year, my younger sister beat me to it. I didn’t mind though, after all, it was Christmas and Christmas was all about sharing.
“What all did you see under the tree?” I asked Stacey.
“I didn’t actually see too much,” said Stacey. “Santa Claus has it wrapped up really good this year.”
I took a look and realized that Stacey was right. Santa Claus did have every gift wrapped up really good. There was no way that we were going to get to see anything that was there until we were allowed to open our gifts.
Stacey handed me my stocking and her and I sat on the couch and opened them up. We were always allowed to open our stockings first. That way the adults in the house could have their morning coffee.
“Look,” I said, pulling out a new doll that was in my stocking. “Isn’t she beautiful?”
“Yes,” said Stacey. “She is. Jessica, look, I got one too.”
Both Stacey and I were having fun admiring our new dolls when Grandpa came in to join us.
“Oh,” said Grandpa. “My two favorite girls are playing with their new dollies.”
“They are behaving themselves,” said Grandma.
“They are good girls,” said Grandpa.
Mom and Dad came into the living room next and Dad went over to the tree and started handing out the gifts.
“This gift has the name Olivia on it,” said Dad.
“What?” I exclaimed. “How could that be?”
“So does this one,” said Dad.
“That is strange,” said Stacey. “We don’t have anyone by the name of Olivia here.”
“Well,” said Grandpa, grinning from ear to ear, trying to hide something behind him. “We do now.”
Grandpa moved out of the way and into the living room came the cutest little puppy dog.
“She must be Olivia,” Stacey and I laughed as we got down off the couch and ran to her.
“Oh my!” Stacey exclaimed. “She is beautiful!”
Olivia headed straight over to where Dad was sitting and gave him a big kiss on his cheek.
“Gee,” I said. “Olivia is pretty smart too. She knows who is handing out the gifts.”
“Yes,” said Dad, loving the attention Olivia was giving to him. “She sure does!”
Olivia was the best gift that Stacey and I got that year. Having Olivia made us more responsible because we both shared in the chores of looking after her. We love Olivia dearly.
Joshua and his brother Kevin were eight year old twins. They both loved Christmas time because Christmas meant that they would not only get Christmas gifts and a good meal together but they also got to sing together. Joshua and Kevin loved to sing.
“What do you think if you could sing to a crowd of people this Christmas?” asked Mother.
“I think we would be okay with that,” said Kevin. “We have had a lot of practice.”
“Yes,” said Mother, knowing that this past year, the boys have really taken their singing to heart and have been practicing every single day after school. “You boys have worked hard on your singing.”
“Where will we be singing?” asked Joshua.
“I thought you boys could sing to the elderly this Christmas morning,” said Mother.
“The elderly,” said Kevin. “Do you think they would like our singing?”
“Oh my!” exclaimed Mother. “I am sure they will!”
“Okay,” said Joshua. “I think we could do that.”
“It is different singing in front of strangers than it is singing in front of your family,” said Mother. “Are you sure you are going to be okay with it?”
“Yes,” said Kevin. “I think we will.”
“Okay,” said Mother. “After we open our gifts on Christmas morning we will go to the elderly home and you can sing for them.”
Christmas morning came and Kevin and Joshua were a bit nervous singing in front of a crowd of strangers but once they started singing and saw the smiles on the faces of the elderly, they forgot all about being nervous.
The boys did such a good job singing Christmas carols to the elderly. They brought tears to their eyes. They absolutely enjoyed their little Christmas concert.
“Thank you,” said Edith, one elderly woman. “That was absolutely beautiful!”
“You are welcome,” said Kevin. “We are happy to sing for you.”
“You come back here anytime to sing,” said Harold, an elderly man.
“Thank you,” said Joshua. “We just may do that.”
Joshua and Kevin did come back to sing for the elderly several times after that. It was good practice for them to see how their songs sounded to others. The elderly crowd were absolutely thrilled with their little concerts.
Joshua and Kevin grew up and they became professional singers. They would never forget their elderly crowd though. Whenever they held a concert in or near their hometown, free tickets were issued to the residents of the elderly home.
“There are our sweet little singers!” cried Edith at one of the concerts.
“They still sound just as amazing as they ever did,” said Harold, at another. “I am so honored to know them.”
You don’t always have to buy gifts for people on Christmas. You can use your talents and abilities also. Think of ways you can give to others in a creative way. Examples are: coloring a picture, singing a song, writing a poem or story, doing extra chores, and helping others!
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Q: Why does Santa go down the chimney?
A: Because it soots him!
Q: What do snowmen like most about going to school?
A: Snow and tell!
Q: What’s Santa called when he takes a rest while delivering presents?
A: Santa Pause!
Q: When is a good time for Santa to visit?
Q: What songs do Santa’s elves sing to him when he comes home freezing on Christmas night?
A: Freeze a jolly good fellow!
Q: Why couldn’t the skeleton go to the Christmas Party?
A: He had no body to go with!
Q: How did the chickens dance at the Christmas party?
A: Chick to chick!
Q: Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?
A: Santa Jaws!
Q: Why is a cat on a beach like Christmas?
A: Because they both have sandy claws!
Q: Why did Rudolph wear sunglasses at the beach?
A: He didn’t want to be recognized!
Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Q: What did they call Santa after he lost his pants?
A: Saint Knickerless!
Q: What nationality is Santa Claus?
A: North Polish!
Q: What can Santa give away and still keep?
A: A cold!
Q: How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
A: Fleece Navidad!
Q: Where does Frosty the Snowman keep his money?
A: In the snowbank!
Q: Why is it so cold at Christmas?
A: Because it’s in Decembrrr!
Q: What is Tarzan’s favorite Christmas song?
A: Jungle bells!
Q: What’s Scrooge’s favorite Christmas game?
Q: How does Santa Claus take pictures?
A: With his North Pole-aroid!
Q: What did Mrs. Claus say to Santa as they were looking out the window?
A: Looks like rain dear (reindeer)!
Q: Which reindeer has the worst manners?
Q: What does Santa call that reindeer with no eyes?
Q: What was the hairdresser’s favorite Christmas song?
A: Oh Comb All Ye Faithful!
Q: Who delivers cat Christmas presents?
A: Santa Claws!
Q: What is red then white and red then white?
A: Santa rolling down a snowy hill!
Arnie Lightning is a dreamer. He believes that everyone should dream big and not be afraid to take chances to make their dreams come true. Arnie enjoys writing, reading, doodling, and traveling. In his free time, he likes to play video games and run. Arnie lives in Mississippi where he graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
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