As a child, Christmas morning was magical. That feeling of coming into the living room and finding the presents that were left by Santa Claus can never be duplicated. We left cookies and milk and there were always just crumbs left. Stockings always had tangerines and walnuts along with lots of small gifts like socks, underwear, toys.
Every year we have traveled to my parents for Christmas. You have to be pretty tricky to pull off the Santa Claus thing when you are not at home. It was always stressful and I always had to be pretty prepared, hiding things in trash bags, using different wrapping paper. By the time I arrived I was usually exhausted and just happy to be relaxing in my childhood home.
However, one Christmas my brother threw the curve ball that I have been mad about ever since. His darling daughter, my beloved niece Jessica (8 years old at the time) informed me on Christmas Eve that Santa Mouse would be coming riding on the sleigh with Santa. Santa Mouse’s job was to bring jewelry, and not just costume jewelry either-FINE JEWELRY. Since my children would be finding their Santa gifts along with their cousin it would be pretty obvious that no jewelry had been left for them and clearly Santa favored their older cousin and she had the inside track for the good stuff. Of course I couldn’t let that happen.
This tradition, started by my brother caused me to make a last minute trip to the mall on Christmas Eve (which no one should ever have to do) and look for jewelry that would pass for fine to my 3 and 5 year olds without causing additional debt to my single mom credit card. Needless to say, this was not one of my favorite Christmas memories but we have laughed about it a lot in subsequent years.
I share this story for one reason only. If you have the chance to have a quiet little Christmas morning for two, complete with Cherry Cinnamon Rolls and Rudolph’s Nose cocktails in front of the fire, then and only then should Santa Mouse have visited. Fine Jewelry is not for children after all.