11.24.2010

12 Days of Xmas - Day 3



Day 3 - Meaningful/Memorable Gifts 

I don't remember how old I was, but it was relatively young... I awoke on Christmas morning, and after doing the 'sit-and-wait-on-the-steps-while-mom-sets-up-the-video-camera' routine my brother and I rounded the corner in the living room to find stockings on a chimney and a pile of gifts under the tree, but that's not what stood out most to me. What I noticed was the footprints. Santa's footprints. They started within the fireplace and led onto the carpet, over to the tree, circled a few times and then back to the chimney to return to his sleigh up top. They were just any footprints either... they were glittery. I was completely enamored by this!

Once we sat down and started opening our gifts, I whispered to my mom - "I know which presents are really from Santa, mom.... they have glitter on them!"


My mom had taken a pair of my dads shoes, and created each footprint individually - placing a shoe down and then sprinkling a glitter outline around it... one after the other, all along the path Santa would have taken! She didn't intentionally get glitter on the presents, but every year after that she had to put a few sprinkles of glitter on them just so I knew they were really from Santa!

I'm thankful that my parents went out of their way to give me and my brother such vivid and happy childhood memories for Christmas!
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16 comments:

Tiffany said...

How funny,...My parents did something similar but don't ask me how! I awoke to a tree knocked over in our backyard and was told it was from Santas sleigh...and then of course there were the footprints in the snow. haha....Kids believe anything! But I'm glad I have those memories!

Neely said...

That is the best story! Your parents are too cute!

Aly @ Analyze This said...

Oh I just loooove that! I think Santa will have to do that when I have children! Butttt, what a pain in the ass to clean-up! I'll give THAT duty to the kids! Haha!

Molly said...

What a sweet little story! So fun! I should do that for the girls sometime soon, although Macie is already starting to catch on about the Jolly ol Man in Red, boo :(

Hope you and the fam have a fabulous Thanksgiving girl!

love jenny xoxo said...

this is the cutest story ever!!! Sounds like you have amazing parents, such a fun idea!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

XOXO

Kit said...

This is an awesome story!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Mateya said...

That is such a great idea! Defintaely storing that one for future use...I love it!

Happy Turkey Day :)

Aubrey S. said...

That's a wonderful idea, but oh the vacuuming that must involved in cleaning that up.

Marcy XOXO said...

This is the sweetest post! LOVE IT! That gave me a good idea for this christmas with our girls ;)

Caroline said...

That is too cute! Love that idea!

Kerr said...

what a great memory!

Marian said...

Oh my goodness, this is perfect. If I'm lucky enough to have children, I hope to be as creative!!

Brittany said...

Thats beautiful and magical :)))

LivKit said...

Aww how great! Too cute! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Candice Pair said...

I just might have to steel that idea for my sweet little P! What a great tradition to have, and even carry on when shes all grown up! Thanks for the idea!

Tori and Chad said...

I love this!