December 25, 2012

That One Christmas In Ohio

Christmas in Ohio

When my brother and I were little, we would sneak out of bed to see if Santa came at, like, three in the morning. I didn't sleep most Christmas eves of my childhood. There are a few middle of the nights under the glow of the tree that I can remember so clearly that I can be right there, I can smell it.

Last night we went to John & Connie's and they took us in with their family and friends. We sang carols by candlelight and, right in the middle of Jingle Bells, Santa arrived with a bag full of presents and his book with the name of every child there. He knew the exact doll Ivy wanted, and the Legos the boys didn't have yet. The magic, we were in it.

I hope I never misplace the look on their faces when he came to the door, and how I felt watching them. And the most precious sight of Ivy zonked in her carseat on the ride home. And when we were together in the home we made for now and everything was so very OK.


10 comments:

  1. It all sounds very perfect. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas. xo

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  2. Merry Christmas! I swear Christmas is even better as a mother then it ever was as a child!

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  3. Oh my goodness...it sounds like pure magic....and I can just picture you, so little, eyes looking up at that Christmas tree, sensing the very same magic, your eyes the same as Ivy's in that moment. Love you. XO

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  4. I'm not sure why, I never comment, but I don't. I keep reading this over and over, it's such a subtle and well written way to tell us, your readers. I am so excited to read more. And also so jealous, like you once were I am afraid to leave Indiana, but also so pine for an adventure. Happy trails!:)

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  5. Absolutely okay. Better than okay. Home is where your family is, your heart.

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  6. So marvelous, the simple wonder and magic we can create right now. Love to dwell in it like you my Darling Girl!

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  7. It took me a week to read this because I thought that this blog post was an explanation of the picture you posted on FB in place of sending out Christmas cards and/or your announcement about moving. I'm glad I finally read it. So sweet - the magic. Luna has a habit of sneaking out of her bed 3 or 4 times to come get one more kiss and hug from me. On Christmas Eve I told her that Santa was watching and he doesn't visit any houses until all the children were asleep. For added effect I told her that if any little children were sneaking around during bedtime, he would pass by that house. Her eyes got wide and she said, "Uh oh!" Needless to say, she never got out of her bed that night and when I went to check on her at around 10:00, she had the covers up completely over her head - ha!

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  8. That sounds perfectly magical. Are you officially moved already?! Happy New Year, sweet friend!!

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  9. I love your stories and the way you tell them.

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