Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Christmas Box

The grandson came to spend the night before Christmas Eve, along with his mom.

After playing with my Christmas Village, admiring the Charlie Brown tree and looking for his presents under that tree, PJ wandered into my home office.

Although all my gifts had been wrapped, I've learned to leave all the giftwrap paraphernalia out as someone generally drops by in need.

The grandson located an empty box and asked to wrap it. He chose a couple of small toys and an Advent calendar he'd received, put them in this box, and decided a ribbon would do. He carefully placed it under the tree, but would periodically slide the ribbon aside and peek inside.

When he awoke the next morning, he thought it was time to open presents! I explained it was only Christmas Eve morning, so he decided to check his box...

The Advent calendar and toys were still inside, but there was a single candy-kiss nestled in there as well.

His eyes widened, and he let out a whoop! Santa came early!!! He barely unwrapped the lone candy before popping it into his mouth.

Later that afternoon, we all met up at my sister's house for dinner. PJ looked through the presents we'd all put under the tree. "Where's my box" was his immediate question.

Trying to think quickly, I assured him that we'd left it under our tree, and perhaps Santa would return.

I'm hoping to see him before we take the tree down, because Santa has indeed returned. His little box is now entirely filled with candy-kisses!

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Holiday!


Blogger SoozieQ said...

Awww, that's so cute and sweet. Why do my eyes mist up like that when I read those types of stories? Oh yah, because I'm a big fat wussy!

I was thinking about you over the Holiday weekend and hoping you were having a nice time NOT hosting the festivies! :-)

I made a Spinach Fondue (thanks to Jessica Rabbit for the recipe) for our very NON-traditional Christmas Eve Finger Food meal. It was very yummy.

3:36 PM  
Blogger nope said...

I am reminded again that Christmas is for the small people and the people who love them. A wonderful story, and I thank you!

6:20 PM  
Blogger jac said...

That was a sweet story, Sierra !!

Missed you here in this chatter box, but I am sure you had a better time.

Wishing you a fabulous New Year !!!

9:52 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

That is so cute! Sounds like a new tradition has been born.

10:09 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

What a terrific idea!!! PJ is so lucky to have you.

10:11 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I had a great time not hosting this year!
Spinach Fondue sounds good, you know I'm all for trying something new!

I'm really loving seeing the joy the Holidays bring now that I have a grandson.
Since my kids are grown, I'd missed witnessing that specialness for quite a while!

Thank you!
Wishing you a wonderful New Year too!

I think you're right!
I'll just have to be sure that next year's 'box' is small, as was this one's.

Leave it to a kid to create a new tradition!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

Smile, the magic of Christmas, you just have to love it.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

That is such a great story. He's such a cute, smart little guy.

Glad you enjoyed your Christmas!

3:34 PM  
Blogger defiant goddess said...

Aww, that is so sweet. :)

6:41 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Truly- this really was the magic of Christmas!

Thanks, I think he's a keeper!
I'm still playing catch-up with the blogging, and will be visiting your site later today.
Hope your Holidays were wonderful!

Yes, he constantly making me saw awwwww too!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

Oh, such a sweet story. I hope he remembers always, I'll bet he will.
Happy New Year to you and all those you love :)

11:25 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Thank you!
I think this might become a tradition here. I will, however, have to refrain from creating a specially wrapped box for the occasion, and just leave it to PJ to 'do it' his own way.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

I love watching the wonder of the world through little kid's eyes! I remember the first time that we took JD to an IMax movie. It was about flight and you felt like you were actually flying. The look on his face is one of my most precious moments!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Greenthumb said...

I remember one Christmas when my little cousin had saved all his newspaper money to go by a game consule after Christmas. What he didn't know was that his parents had bought the Nintendo for him. The kid hyperventilated when he realized what it was.

This is still one of my favorite Christmas moments. He wanted that Nintendo more than anything and had sacrificed personal stuff for most of the year to get it. A huge moment for him.

Happy New Year to the both of you.

7:40 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

That expression is absolutely the best!

What a great story! And a wonderful learning experience.
Happy New Year to you and yours!

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg P.J. is so beautiful and we just love him. i really miss my good friends when they lived here. it was really nice to have to have met you also. Happy New year to you and all of yours............donna from Ione

5:06 PM  
Blogger jac said...

If it is wishes that makes you to dream
If it is wishes that makes you to hope
Happy new year with dreams all around
Happy new year with hopes all around
Here is my wish to dream and to hope.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Happy New Year, Sierrabella!

6:25 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

anonymous Donna!
Hi there!
Whenever PJ's here, he asks us to turn on the scanner to hear your husband! Bad memory here, it's Tom, right?
Happy New Year to you and yours.

What nice words!
Have a wonderful New Year.

And a Happy New Year to you and Ichabod!

12:08 PM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

how cute! When he comes back, take a picture of him opening the box (please!) :)
Happy New Year!

5:09 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

cheesecakey, you're back!
I'll try and do that!
Happy New Year to you- heard you're now sharing that storm we've been getting. Watch those hills that burned near you last summer for slippage.

11:24 AM  
Blogger jac said...

Came, looking for a post !!
Now thinking if I am Lost.

3:08 AM  
Blogger jac said...

Came, looking for a post !!
Now thinking if I am Lost.

3:10 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

No, you're not lost!
Been posting (and reading posts) less frequently of late.
I have a regular dial-up modem, which takes forever to download. It takes me two days to read my favorite blogs alone!
I will be posting soon, I promise!

11:47 AM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Happy New Year SierraBella!

Miss you.
Hope all is well with you.

Take care,


1:20 PM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

that storm was a doozy!
miss you!

10:24 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

All is well here, just busy.
Happy New Year to you, The Hubs, and your pets!

Miss you too!
We had lots of flooding down below us from our storm, but things seem fine here.

12:28 PM  

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