"Mom, Santa was here"
"Wake up, Santa Clause was here, he even ate his cookies"
I remember dragging myself out of bed before the birds and chickens were making their early morning sounds to the noise of the kids. They were so happy and so awake..
"Hurry Mom, Santa came last night"I would stumble down the stairs behind these sweet little kids all dressed in their matching jammies. Each laughing and squeeling with joy. There in the room would be the tree, lit and glowing with colorful packages that Santa left sometime during the night.
I remember trying to bribe the kids saying things like, "We will start opening presents after mom makes her coffee and lights the fireplace"... there was no way anyone would wait for me to get myself awake and I would resist but they always won. Then the loud, noisy fun began! "Let me get my camera".. no they just could not wait!
Today how I wish we had the technology back then. To be able to record those cherished moments and be able to save and share them without paying for the good and bad prints. Remember "film"? I'll tell you I have boxes of old photos just as you do. Some blurry and some really good stills. But what a huge waist of money to bring the film to the store only to pay for 24 when only three came out good enough to save.
I don't live in the past, no way because I love today but I just miss my little, sweet children and see their happiness on Christmas Day.
Wishing everyone a "Very Merry Christmas"