We’ve been “off” from school since last Friday. The kids have been working on crafts and making gifts for friends, relatives, and neighbors. I have been doing some cleaning and catching bargin prices on some of our curriculum picks for next year. I’ll tell you more about those later!
I admit that the kids sleep in until 7 a.m. on most days we are in school. This has been the case also when we have been off from school. Not so on Christmas morning, though!
Much to my surprise, three of the four were awake before their father left for work at 5:15 a.m. Because of work schedules, the children didn’t see their dad at all on Christmas Eve and usually he would have left before they woke up. This meant we wouldn’t all be together until after 7 p.m. Christmas night and opening presents would have to wait until then.
However, because of their early morning wake-up, they were able to open theit gift from St. Nicholas (what we call “Santa”) before their dad left.
I had hidden the other presents so I didn’t have to keep them away from them all day. Those came out right before he arrived home and we had supper first. The kids were as patient all day as you can ask for – with only an occasional, “I CAN’T wait!” or “Can’t I open a present NOW?”
When the kids were putting away the presents right before bed, Child #2 was picking up pieces of the generic, off-brand MagnaDoodle that Child #3 received. Two of the magnets stuck together. She pulled them apart, let them snap back together, and then laughed delightedly. She announced, “They’re ALLERGIC!”
We, her parents, laughed at this statement and her dad asked, “Are they really allergic?” She calmly unstuck them again, looked up at him, and replied, “No, not really. They’re just friends.”