I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Heaven knows, The Riggins’ family surely did! This is the first year that “Santa Claus” got the credit that he and I were due, so we decided to wrap all of our gifts for each person to be opened individually and in order, rather than the method of years past: Santa’s gifts laid out for the boys to wake up to and rip into, scattering boxes everywhere….all before 6:00am.
Now that our oldest son, Wes, is married, it’s necessary to “share” he and his bride with Kendal’s family. Hey, I knew it was coming. And it’s completely fine (love them!). So, since Wes & Kendal were spending the early morning with Kendal’s family, I had the GREAT idea to have our boys wait until after brunch to open anything. Eli gave me the “shucks, Ma!” reaction, but ended up being okay with the idea. Caleb was wigging out – seriously. Still, regardless of his begging and his “oh my gosh, Mom” every 5 minutes, I stayed with the plan. Eventually, around 1:00pm, it was was time to hand out presents! And we opened presents from each other for nearly an hour! Not that there were THAT many presents (however, we were not lacking in the least), it was just that we took the time to savor every minute of it.
I think the person who enjoyed it the most was actually Caleb. Oh yes, he did receive very nice gifts, but that’s not what brought him so much joy. If only I could have captured his face as each family member opened our gifts from him. Priceless.
Caleb has been putting in a lot of hours lately, working for his friend’s father, and little did we know he had been banking it for Christmas gifts. Let me give you a little peek from last Christmas….as I opened my gift from Caleb, it was polka dotted blanket, Everyone very politely gave their “Awww, that’s sweet…” reaction and Caleb proudly exclaimed, “I got it at Five Below for $5.00!” And then…everyone lost it. But in the midst of their laughter, I winked and nodded in total pleasure to Caleb. He knows how his mama loves a good bargain.
So, suffice it to say, we were shocked when we each received the following:
Eli – model of a 1957 Chevy he has been asking for
Wes – a Pelican gun/ammunition case (Wes could NOT stop going on and on about his gift….quite the gift, apparently)
Mom (me) – a gift card for a 1 HOUR MASSAGE at Massage Envy (What???!!!!!)
Dad (get ready for this) – a complete new mega exhaust system for his diesel truck JUST so we could hear it coming from at least 2 miles away (DOUBLE WHAT??!!!!!)!
Wow, wow, wow! That was all we could say! And Caleb probably looked as happy as I have ever seen him…even happier than the ones enjoying his amazing gifts. As I said earlier, PRICELESS.
Every year, I’m sure I’ve just enjoyed the best Christmas of my life. And this year was no exception. It was certainly different with the lack of “let’s see what Santa brought us!” and I must admit, that was a somewhat bittersweet. But early Christmas morning, as I was spending time with the Lord, He gave me the following to share with the boys before the gift giving ensued:
As you see, Christmas is different But I hope there’s no disappointment here; Being “Santa Claus” for the past 24 Christmases Has been one of the things we hold most dear.
Dad and I have “enjoyed” late night assembly And Christmas Eve runs to find any open store Just so the day you woke up you could find Exactly what you’d asked for
As happy as you all have been tearing into your gifts I’m pretty certain we can say That the most blessed folks sitting in the room each year Were the ones who “Santa” got to play.
Soon enough we’ll start the secret again When grand babies start to arrive And with remembered joy dad and I will watch their excitement Knowing why Santa is still alive.
Just know that above anything on earth we’ve received Goes our thanks to God for each of you; And all of our blessings are only because Of Jesus – the greatest gift Given solely to save dad, me, and you.
So as not to make any of our children mad, we did get some amazing gifts from Wes & Kendal and Eli, too. But as Wesley so aptly put it once the dust had settled, “Caleb, this year I think you definitely get “most improved”.