Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Differences Are in the Details

Christmas 1987

Somehow, my adorable little girl has discovered that there is no Santa. Not really.

We thought we had her totally fooled the year we hid her new bicycle out on the porch and brought it in just minutes before her dad shook the traditional Christmas bells. Just minutes before we got her and Lorenzo up for the Christmas morning opening of the presents.

"Look you guys! Santa was just here! It's still cold!"

Years later she confessed that she had seen a large box in the back of our Ford Escort and could poke her finger through and see pink tubing that she knew was a bike.


When she did find out that there was no Santa, she broke into tears. I pulled her into my arms to console her.

"Don't cry baby-girl," I said.

"But Momma, this means that all these years you and Daddy have been getting us TWICE the presents and letting Santa get all the credit."

I think I sobbed along with her I was so touched by that little girl.

Christmas 1992

Somehow, my other adorable little girl has discovered that there is no Santa.

I looked at her little face. Tears were streaming, running into her curls. I prepared to pull her into my arms for consolation.

"Aaaah Momma! You mean you guys have been LYING to me all these years??"


Love both of you guys and I have all the memories of each Christmas lodged in my brain.

Forever there along with the year I made all three of us wear matching tree sweatshirts with black velvet stirrup pants. I thought we were so cute!


Ms. A said...

Oh my gosh... I still have a Christmas tree sweatshirt that my MIL made for my daughter in the early 90's.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE stirrup pants... just not in velvet. LOL Where is the photo by the way??

Karen said...

You probably were! But don't do it again. :-)

silvergirl said...

priceless pic
for the first 5 years there was always a screaming child in the santa pic between the two boys lol
why do we do that to our kids??

Sarah said...

*sobs* This made me cry in a good way!

And then I laughed cuz I remember the outfits!

So. Cal. Gal said...

A friend posted a Santa pic of his 2 granddaughters. The 5 year old is grinning from ear-to-ear while the 18 month old is screaming her head off.

I remember the day I found out Santa didn't exist. My youngest brother and I were staring out the window, waiting for him to show up. Our oldest brother walked through the room and said, "You're wasting your time. He's not real."

My mom was pissed when we told her. lol!

Shabbygal said...

My oldest son was VERY pissed that we had been lying to him after finding out! LOL Funny how each kid reacts! LOL That pic is adorable! Traci

Not So Simply Single said...

Kids are just too damn sweet....You can't make that stuff up!

Fa la la la la!


Kelley said...

I honestly feel like crying over here! Your girls were in tears when they found out Santa wasn't real? Oh, man. That breaks my heart. :(

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

Black velvet stirrups?

Dang. I would have killed for those when I was their ages.

T said...

I loved this post, Deborah! Made me smile, and laugh, and remember...

A good, warm, fuzzy post. Everyone who's a parent gets this post.

And the matching outfits! LOL

I'm guilty of similar gestures.

I'm glad I've come to my senses!

Deborah said...

Ms A - I bet it's awesome!

Di - are stirrup pants back??

Karen - nope, no worries there!

SG - it's crazy how we plop our babies on this crazy stranger's lap and are surprised when they cry.

Sarah - oh those outfits! lol

SCG - sad!

Traci - just like my youngest! lol!

Lisa - it's true. You cannot make this stuff up.

Kelley - yes they were. I love reading your blog and remembering those days.

LG - didn't you have to wear them when you were little? Or was your mom sane?

Tpretty - true true true! Girl! Have been missing you.