The floors are shinny and wet, smelling faintly of vinegar for the fourth time in 3 days. Another group of guests has just been sent off their way,
and the boys are finally tumbling off to bed. The presents, the ones from Santa, although no one really believes in Santa here anymore (but one no really wants to admit it that readily), are still in their hiding spot. (This year, miraculously, my closet was the holdout, and no one was the wiser.) The older boys stay up as late as we do, so it makes it kind of challenging to pull out presents with them awake, so I’m awkwardly trying to send them off to bed, without saying why, although, if they thought about it they’d probably figure it out.
Maybe I should just ask for the older boys to help us haul down the presents from their hiding place on the third floor? But then, what’s the point? We might as well just open them now, get it over with and sleep in tomorrow.
Sounds like a plan, except the little boys, who certainly don’t believe, but didn’t hesitate to leave out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk, have been “in training” for the last 3 weeks. They’ve been waking up at 5 a.m. every morning, and sitting on the sofa. They’re in training for Christmas Day. We’ve asked them not to disturb us until after 7. We’re older parents.
I’m actually looking forward to the little boys getting older, so we can put much of the hassles of make-believe behind us. I’m ready to just get real about the whole thing and get on with it. One thing I am totally ready for is the year without toys. If I hear one more boy complain about a lost Lego piece from a prized set, while I open the sweeper bag and dig through dirt looking for it, I think I will loose my mind.
Earlier, we watched Elf to pass the time, and I think Mom and Dad enjoyed it more than the kids. Tonight’s story was “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
For now, we have a couple of more hours left before the we can safely transfer the presents without disturbing the peace that has finally settled over the house…and a plate full of cookies to eat.