“Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.”

Fern, Gracie and I slept in this morning. It was 10:30 before we dragged ourselves out of bed. After two papers and two cups of coffee I am awake. Notice I didn’t say alert. Fern and Gracie are having their morning naps.  They are exhausted. I have no idea why.

I have a to do list today. The wrapping might just get done so I can send the packages to Colorado. I need animal food so Agway is on the list, and I need a bit of people food as my larder is empty. I really want to get outside as it is warm and the sun is beginning to appear. It isn’t winter despite the date. Today is already 54˚.

When I was a kid, Santa never wrapped presents. He left them under the tree in a pile for each of us. My pile was aways the first one on the left. The only wrapped presents under the tree to be opened on Christmas Eve were the pajamas and slippers. The tags were signed from mom and dad.

When I was an adult, my mother wrapped every gift and signed the cards From Santa. Those gifts were left around the tree on Christmas Eve just as they had been when I was kid. My spot was next to the chair and the overflow was in front of the fireplace screen, first pile on the left. Wrapped gifts made for excitement and surprise as if we were kids again. I remember picking up a package, feeling around and shaking it so I could guess what it was.

I don’t remember having breakfast on Christmas morning when I was a kid. I suspect we were too involved with our gifts so it was catch as catch can. Our adult Christmas breakfasts were wonderful. We all sipped mimosas as we opened gifts. The breakfast, a casserole made the evening before as per the directions, was cooking in the oven so we could give all our attention to the pile of gifts.

I wrap everything, even the small gifts. It takes a lot of time, but I figure I’m keeping the spirit and the excitement alive.

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10 Comments on ““Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Our presents were not placed in any partricular way as I can remember, not even smaller ones in front of the bigger ones 🙂 Thankfully my family never liked to put rhymes on the present, a very big thing here. The rgyme should hint more or less to what’s inthe package and everyone must try to guess what’s inside 🙂

    That custom can make present opening a thing that takes hours and I know I would have gone made, both when being forced to write a rhyme and when I had to wait to open my presents 🙂

    We did have breakfast on chrostmas eve, our big day. That was when we tried all the yummy things we would have later in the day. Traditional Swedish christmas dinner is like a smorgasbord where we all pick what we want from the table. It can be anything from things to have on the sandwich to sausages and meatballs or naturally the yule ham 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I think the rhyme sounds like fun though I know some members of my family would balk at doing it. I think it was just easier keeping track by keeping the gifts together.

      When I was a kid, we opened in a wild frenzy. When I was older, we open almost in turns so we could show what we’d gotten.

      When my brother got divorced, he has his kids every other year on Christmas Eve so we’d have our big Christmas dinner then so they could join us. We’d eat leftovers on Christmas day.

      I love the smorgasbord!

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. Richard Says:

    Unh-huh … there y’all go, bein’ all ‘slug-a-bed’ ‘n stuff … what are these ‘papers’ of which you speak? Sounds like you and I share approximately equal levels of ‘alert’-ness. The other day I had to use the air compressor from my trunk to inflate a tire. It plugs into the cigarette lighter. The tray pulls out to expose it. There’s even a little ‘grab point’ moulded into the front of the tray. Did I use it? Oh nooooo. I grabbed the bottom of the tray lip and succeeded in pulling the entire face off of the tray. I really shouldn’t do anything for the first three hours after waking.

    My ‘to-do’ includes working out, buying a green bell pepper and some English muffins, and whatever other foodities I see along the way that might come in handy. After that, it’s back to playin’ in Illustrator and Photoshop. Funny, but I’m discovering only now that, after all the years I’ve used Photoshop, I’ve finally arrived at the point where I can say I have my own distinct stylistic approach. I look now at some of my earlier work and can only wonder ‘What was I thinking? That’s awful!’.

    Now I’m re-working some of the pieces from those times that I really liked but which were in need of lots more respect than I gave ’em back then.

    Oh noooooooo! Say it ain’t so! Unwrapped presents under the tree? Where’s the mystery … ? I can’t think of a Christmas that went by when the presents under the tree weren’t wrapped. Maybe I should say ‘re-wrapped,’ ‘cuz we’d usually already peeked inside …

    Breakfast on Christmas morning was always a couple hours after we woke up, ran downstairs, opened the presents, put on clothes and went outside to play with ’em (if they were ‘outside’ toys) and only then discovered we were hungry. After that was realized, it was back inside for eggs, bacon, grits, toast, and (if we were lucky) coffee with lots of milk.

    These days I don’t do wrapping … there’s an envelope with the name of the recipient in calligraphy on front along with a gift card and money inside. The only package I actually wrapped was for a lady friend in Mississippi … we won’t be seeing each other this Christmas because of her health problems, but she’ll know she’s not forgotten. Hell, we talk every day, so she should already know that, but hey … it’s Christmas, right?

    Had my car not transitioned over time from a six-state to a four-state to a two-state to a one-state to a four-county to a two-county to a one-county to a ‘neighborhood’ car, I’d drive down to see her. Thing is, out in the country, there’s not always a cell tower that’s gonna pick up my call to AAA for a tow. USPS don’t fail me now … (extra points if y’ know the wording of the original quote and who spoke that phrase).

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      I read the Boston Globe and the Cape Times. The Times is read mostly for local news and events, and I do love the police blotter info on the second page every day. The Globe is state and world news. I also do the crossword in the Globe and the cryptogram in the Times.

      I want a reward for being so industrious. I wrapped all of the Colorado gifts, put everything in boxes and addressed them. Only one is still open as I need a few gifts for the men-my nephews and brother-in-law. After the boxes were closed, I cleaned up the wrapping room and gathered the trash and recycles and went off to the dump. Then it was to Agway for the animals and to the store for my food. I was third by the time I got home.

      I only remember having breakfast when I was older. We had to go to church after opening our presents which cut short the festivities.

      I often made the casserole. It had to sit overnight. When it was cooking, the house smelled wonderful. Meanwhile we’re throwing down the mimosas.

      My adult niece, nephews and their spouses get cash cards, but their kids get gifts. My sister and her husband also get gifts. I enjoy shopping and hoping to find the right gift.

      I think it’s the one with neither rain nor snow nor dead and so on, But I have no idea who said it.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Richard

      I had more than a few guffaws.These are wonderfully imagination.Many are so credible.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I agree, every gift has to be wrapped, sometimes I reuse old photo calendar sheets.
    Advent calendar update, today I had a train and I’m thinking of rewriting the Christmas story. The Three Wise Men and the harlequin took the train to Bethlehem, it’s easier and faster. Skip Three Kings’ Day on January 6th, rail traffic around Christmas is awful but they might arrive earlier this year.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      One year I used white paper for all the presents. I decorated using stencils and free hand trees and snowmen. I used red and white twine instead of ribbon. The gifts looked wonderful.

      They might just arrive on time for the birth in your story. I still don’t know why the harlequin?

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m consistently a day late reading you this week.

    Yesterday’s errand was to the post office for foreign stamps to the UK and Australia. Oh, and Canada because it is still a foreign country. 🙂

    Santa left our presents unwrapped on specific pieces of living room furniture. I had the chair and my brothers had opposite ends of the couch. I don’t remember breakfast on Christmas day. We had to stop playing with our stuff and go to church, though, so breakfast was probably minimal.
    Christmas dinner was immense. Sometimes extra tables were lined up from our dining room into the living room to accommodate the crowd. Other times we went to my aunt and uncle’s house where the table filled their small dining room. Food was placed everywhere from the kitchen to the dining room to the living room. People sat or mingled as they chose. Theirs was the only house I knew that had Christmas lights and greenery going up both rails of the stairwell. It was magical.

    I have retired from gift wrapping which I never liked anyway. It’s all gift cards now or cash in a card. Anything else goes in a gift bag with some tissue on top and pre-tied bow. I’m a grinch, I guess. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Not much news to miss waiting to read it the next day.

      Every thing in your second paragraph could easily be my memories except for the placement of the gifts as ours were around the tree.

      We always stayed home for Christmas dinner. I know we went to our grandparents for an afternoon sometime during the holiday. The house was filled with aunts, uncles and cousins. My grandmother always bought something for every one of us.

      I sit in front of the TV watching Christmas movies as I wrap. I remember the fun I had opening gifts which is why, I suppose, I shop for everybody and wrap though the adult niece and nephews do get gift cards as their main gifts. I do buy some smaller gifts which I wrap and put in a bag.

      The wrapping is done so today I have errands.

      Enjoy this warm Friday!!


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