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Topic: It’s Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)
TITLE: The Very Best Christmas, Ever
By Carol Slider
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â€śHon, you know I was off work five months, and I took a pay cut when they called me back...â€ť
â€śYes, I know. But heâ€™s four. He doesnâ€™t understand all that.â€ť
â€śWell, heâ€™s got presents under the tree. I know theyâ€™re not great, but...â€ť
â€śTheyâ€™re either cheap or used. Every one of them. A box of crayons and some coloring books from the dollar store. A few puzzles from the clearance aisle.â€ť
â€śDonâ€™t forget dinosaur play set.â€ť
â€śYes, but the box is crumpled, and the plastic is torn. Thatâ€™s probably why I got it at 75 percent off.â€ť
â€śThereâ€™s the train set. I know itâ€™s been up in Margeâ€™s attic for 15 years, but heâ€™ll never know that.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™ll know. Especially when he sees his cousins this afternoon, and they have all the latest gadgets.â€ť
â€śWell, heâ€™s got something from your mom. And a card from my mom.â€ť
â€śMy mom always sends clothes. Your mom sends checks, and he wonâ€™t understand that.â€ť
â€śHe doesnâ€™t watch a lot of television. Maybe it wonâ€™t matter to him.â€ť
â€śOf course it will! I wanted it to be special... not like this...â€ť
Itâ€™s Christmas morning!
I run out to the living room. The tree is all sparkly and bright, and thereâ€™s a big pile of presents. Mommy says most of them are for me!
I tear the wrapping off the first present. Itâ€™s a huge box of crayons, one that has all the colors! And the next box has a whole bunch of coloring books. I count them: one, two, three, four. Wow!
Then there are three big animal puzzles: one with a tiger, and one with a bear, and one with a horse. I want to put them together right now, but there are more presents to unwrap!
Illinois Grandma sent me a funny card with a reindeer on it. Mommy says that she also sent some money, and I can spend it at the toy store! Idaho Grandma sent me a pair of fuzzy red pajamas with a big dinosaur on them. I love dinosaurs! Mommy says I can wear the pajamas to bed tonight.
Next, Mommy hands me a great big box. I tear off the wrapping, and itâ€™s a dinosaur play set! It has ten dinosaurs, and a dinosaur cave and all sorts of things! I want to open the box and play with it, but Mommy says I have another present to unwrap.
The box is so heavy that Daddy has to lift it for me. I tear off the wrapping, open the box, and find a train set. There are wooden tracks and bridges and all kinds of engines, and Mommy says I can set it up in the living room.
I want to play with the trains and the dinosaurs and the puzzles... thereâ€™s so much to do, I canâ€™t decide what to play with first! But before long, itâ€™s time to go visit my cousins, Erick and Hannah.
When I get to their house, my Aunt Sally gives me another present. Itâ€™s a great big green furry dinosaur, and I love him. I decide to call him â€śBronty,â€ť because he looks like a brontosaurus.
Erick and Hannah got a real car for Christmas! We take turns driving it around the yard until Uncle Paul says it has to be â€śrecharged.â€ť Then we play with some of their other presents until itâ€™s time to eat lunch.
We go home right after lunch, but Iâ€™m not sad. I play with my dinosaurs and my trains until bed time. Bed time comes too soon, like always. But I canâ€™t wait to put on my new dinosaur pajamas!
â€śI think he had a happy day.â€ť
â€śI wish he hadnâ€™t seen all the things that Paul and Sally bought for their kids. They must have spent a thousand dollars. And I couldnâ€™t believe that silly present Sally gave him. It didnâ€™t have a tag, so Iâ€™m sure she re-gifted it. Probably something that Erick and Hannah didnâ€™t want.â€ť
â€śHey, Hon, Iâ€™m sorry about this. But things will be a lot better next year, I know they will.â€ť
â€śI certainly hope so.â€ť
I hug Bronty tightly. When I fall asleep, I dream about dinosaurs and train tracks.
Itâ€™s been the very best Christmas, ever...
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