I have been looking forward to Christmas Day for weeks and weeks. I prepared a special gift for my family and the whole morning for me, became about that gift. I could barely keep track of what other gifts I had bought/needed to buy, I found myself sewing my handmade gifts at the last possible second, and ended up with more than I needed, so took some stuff home for future birthdays. I had the special gift just right though, and that’s all I could think about for weeks.
Christmas morning came and I really tried to enjoy the girls seeing what Santa brought and watching each family member open their gifts. Towards the end I got a little antsy, as mine was the last gift of Christmas.
Finally it was time and my children opened the gift. There were 3 clues in a box within a box within a box. I knew my adult family members figured it out even BEFORE we got to the last gift of Christmas, but it still brought tears to all of our eyes as the children figured out what the gift was: A baby!
I didn’t know what to expect as far as a reaction, but I was surprised when Phoebe’s eyes welled up with tears and she embraced Lolly and me in a group hug. After they processed the news a bit there were little eeks and squeals throughout the day. They both became very aware of my stomach area, Lolly not allowing me to pick her up at all and both getting things for me when I asked the first time. During church Phoebe said: “I just want to be next to you all the time now.” It was really hard to wait and hide it all this time, but it was so worth it to be able to give them the gift of a baby on Christmas day.
The snowman ornament was the last part of the clues and when Phoebe saw the baby snowman she knew. The avocado represents how big the baby is on Christmas Day. The t-shirts we gave them after they figured it out…I thought it would be fun for them to wear to school when they get back.