Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cookies and Milk for Santa

The past few years, Santa has lucked up and gotten to eat homemade cookies on Christmas Eve. This is in no part due to the efforts of mommy or daddy. This is solely due to our special friend in Vidalia, "Uncle Marty." He is one of Santa's favorite bakers around this time of year. He spends days upon days making treats for his friends and family. A couple of weeks ago, I told Dan I was really sad to miss Marty's delivery this year. Little did I know, UPS would be making a special delivery to DeLand, FL directly from the kitchen of Marty Probst! AND, being awesome like he is, he pretty much knew we would need "Uncle Marty Cookies" to give to Santa so he had those bagged separately.

Jonah was thrilled to put out the cookies and milk for Santa but he was also more than willing to taste both. He took a big drink of milk and downed a couple of cookies.

I sure hope Santa did not mind half-eaten cookies and milk with crumbs in it!!

Still a Louisiana Boy

Craig and Amy Uppercue gave Jonah their collection of John Deere ornaments. I saved them until Christmas Eve so he could decorate the little tree I bought from one of our students. We did this so Santa would know the little Louisiana Boy he used to visit is now a little Florida boy. We left the tree beside his cookies and milk just to help him know that Jonah does live here now.

It must have worked because Santa had no problem finding us. Although, I'm not sure if it was that John Deere tree or the exceptional behavior of a certain little 3 year old. :-)

What a difference 3 years makes!!

SBC Christmas Eve Service

Our SBC Christmas Eve Service was packed! Dan finally had to ask people to move to the choir loft in order to make room for people still coming in. It was great to see so many people there to focus on Jesus. One of the parts of the service was Dan calling the children to the front to hear a story. He has read books to children many times as part of a Children's sermons. He has never done it with his own child sitting next to him. All I can say is he held on as long as he could. Jonah finally outwitted him!


Christmas Eve in the Kitchen


Stetson Baptist Christian School (the school at our church) does a Santa Shop every year so kids can shop for the families with minimal cost. I picked Jonah up from school one day and took him over so he could shop. All the way there I briefed him on the importance of giving to others and buying for others. Over and over I would ask him who he was going to buy a gift for. Over and over he would say "Mommy and Daddy!"

When we got to the church, I stopped outside the gathering area to talk to him again about GIVING at Christmas and asked him who he was going to shop for. I gave him $10 and asked him again. The answer was the same...MOMMY AND DADDY!

When we opened the door, we were happy to see a group of smiling faces that we knew. Several church members and parents of SBCS students were working the shop that day and gladly helped our little guy shop. I handed off my camera to Ana Hardin and asked her to document his first shopping trip for us. (I didn't look at any of these pictures until after we opened our gifts today.)

The part in italics was copied from a post I did on the blog about this on 12/3

After lunch, we took Jonah to the Santa Shop at Stetson Baptist Christian School. They have a little shop set up where kids can shop for their family members and get the gift wrapped so they can have their own little surprises under the tree. We walked in to find lots of church members who were more than willing to help Jonah shop and spend his $10. We left him in their care with his money and my camera. After some time, Jonah and Kathy Walrath come back to Dan's office with three gifts. One was small and said To Mommy From Jonah. The next one was a tad bit larger and said To Daddy From Jonah. The biggest said To Jonah From Jonah. Kathy said there were some softies in that group who helped him find a present for himself.

Well, being three years old and completely clueless about the whole Christmas gift idea, Jonah wanted to open gifts right away. He gave us ours and told us to open them. We kept telling him that we needed to wait until Christmas. He finally started opening his and said "Christmas is about baby Jesus so that is why I am opening my presents know, okay? Reggie, Dan and I all laughed! Sometimes I am glad other people get to experience these conversations just to prove we aren't making these things up!

After Jonah opened his gifts from Santa and a couple from us, we pulled out the gifts he gave us. I would like to tell you we were surprised but he has told us many times what were in these packages. You know how you always ask "What is this?" as a rhetorical question when it comes to gifts? Well, each time we asked, Jonah told us. This morning was no exception.

I got a super cool "Mother Like No Other" bracelet. In case you didn't know, I am the #1 mom and The World's Best Mom. My bracelet told me so!

Dan walked away with a golf mug. Jonah told him it was for his coffee and that I couldn't use it. I found it odd that he did not tell Dan he could not wear my bracelet.
I must admit, this was one of the top moments of the day for me. Not because of the gift, but because of the giver. Seeing his little face beam as we opened the gifts he chose for us was so very sweet. And, just so you know, the next time you see me, I'll probably be sporting a super cool bracelet that came from the sweetest little boy I know.


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