Wednesday, December 21, 2011

An Orange In My Stocking

It's going to Marvin's and getting the best tree you can find. It's discovering the perfect spot for your favorite ornament.

It's sweeping up pine needles for 25 straight days.

It's the huge tree in the Belk parking lot. It's Christmas in Dixie and The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas on the radio, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas on TV.

It's the Story A Day 'Til Christmas book, with one story to read each night until Christmas Eve.

It's the train depot decorations and the manger scenes in front of every church.

It's Christmas Eve candlelight services. It's driving around town looking at lights, with an occasional glance in the sky in hopes to see Santa Claus and his sleigh.

It's cookies and hot chocolate, singing carols next to the tree while mom plays piano and dad plays guitar. 

It's dad reciting "The Night Before Christmas" before you go to bed. It's saving the most beautifully decorated cookies for Santa, and putting out carrots for his reindeer carefully placed next to your Christmas list.

It's waking up on Christmas morning at 4AM, checking out your loot, then playing board games with your brother and sister until 6AM to pass the time (because that's the earliest mom and dad say you can wake them up!)

It's the apple and orange that's in your stocking every year. It's taking turns opening gifts, and a floor full of wrapping paper and ribbon.

It's putting on your new Christmas clothes. It's mom's egg casserole for breakfast and bringing out the good china for Christmas dinner--complete with ham and scalloped potatoes, surrounded by family and friends.

It's Christmas tradition.

This year may you be blessed with traditions new and old, and enjoy the magic this season brings-- whether you're 9 or 99!

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