12.25.2008

A Christmas Story

As I mentioned I decided to let Mommy have a little blog time of her own, don't worry just once this week and once next week on New Year's Eve. Hope you enjoy this human Christmas story.

I remember laying snuggled in bed at my Grandmother’s house, clutched in my hand was my beloved Lamby-Pie, a stuffed animal of a black faced lamb. Lamby-Pie was made of soft white lamb's wool, at least Lamby had been white, when I was originally given him but he had turned into a shade of well-loved beige over the years. I unconsciously rubbed his paw gently against my cheek as I waited, waited for the sound I knew would soon come.

It was Christmas morning and I was still very sleepy from staying up too late to open my “Non-Santa” presents on Christmas Eve. I loved Christmas Eve with all our family, and the presents of course, but I always loved Christmas morning more, because it's when my favorite present would come.

I was beginning to drift off to sleep again when it came, the sound of coffee beans being ground in the kitchen. It was the sound of my Grandmother starting her day. I couldn't wait any longer. I pulled back the covers and slipped into my new slippers and robe, because it was cold upstairs, not like my house far away in sunny California. I walked down the stairs quietly, careful not to step on any of the creaky spots, because I didn’t want to wake anyone else.

The windows were frosted over at the edges and outside there was a new snowfall, something I rarely saw. It was so beautiful that I had to stop and look. The snow twinkled in the early morning light like diamonds on a white blanket, but I didn’t want to spend too much time looking - not with my present waiting for me.

“Hello sweetheart, Merry Christmas! Come and give me a big hug.” My Grandmother called to me as I entered the kitchen.

I was held by my grandmother’s warm embrace. I could smell coffee and the special almond soap my grandmother used. I breathed it in… a smell I loved with all my heart, and still do. I held tightly to my beloved grandmother and before I fully let her go I squeezed her hard one more time.

“That was a big hug for a small girl!” My grandmother said as she pulled a small beautiful box, wrapped in shiny silver paper and white velvet ribbon, from her robe pocket. “Look, I found this under the tree. I think Santa left it for you. Why don’t you take it to the table while I make our special breakfast?”

I sat down and watched as my grandmother prepared our special breakfast of oatmeal with brown sugar. I forgot the beautiful package, still clutched in my hands, as we spoke, because it was this moment I'd waited all year for - it was the pink satin of my grandmother’s robe, not the red velvet of Santa’s which kept me up all morning. It was this special time, before the rest of the world woke up, when I had my grandmother all to myself that I looked forward to each year. It is these moments I will remember, for the rest of my life, as my favorite Christmas presents.

Meg S. Hart (Mommy's Possible Pen Name).

27 comments:

Max said...

That was nice!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

aw, that is such a sweet story. it isn't what is under the tree that matters, it is those gathered around it...unless it is a cat under the tree and then it is the most important...

that is a nice pen name.

We are wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!

jennifer lorton said...

Cry, cry, cry. I love you, and Boss too. I miss her so much. I can't wait to see you and squeeze you My Megger.

Sweet Praline said...

That was so nice. Merry Christmas!

The Cat Realm said...

What a sweet story!
Thank you for your purrs for Timothy - he is at peace at the rainbow bridge now.
Happy Holidays to you!
The Cat Realm

Chesney Cats said...

What a lovely story!! We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!

Gandalf and Grayson said...

Oh, what a delightful story! Mom has special memories of both of her Nanas. Nanas are absolute treasures!

Merry Christmas to you!

JB's Big World said...

I am glad you let your mom post. That was a nice story!
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Fin!
--JB

Grrreta said...

That is such a sweet story. We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

The Island Cats said...

That was a wonderful story, Fin's mom! Thanks for sharing that!

We wish you a furry Merry Christmas!

Wally, Ernie & Zoey

pee ess. we cannot figure out why you have problems leaving us comments...

Furkidsmom said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

What a lovely memory!
Thanks so much for sharing it.
Merry Christmas to our new friends!

Evie/VampyVictor said...

Awwwww Mommas eyes just got all shiny! hat was truly an extra lovely story. Fin... I think it is for sure OK to let your Momma use your blog now and again :)))
We hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas :))

Cory said...

Fin that was really nice of you to let your mommy post today...she did a wonderful job. We are a bit teary eyed, but happy too.

Eric and Flynn said...

That was a lovely story from your mum Fin. Our mum said it made feelings of nostalgia flood back to her and made her heart ache a little for her own Nan.

Derby said...

Merry Christmas to you.

Tracey and Huffle said...

That was a very nice story from your mum Fin. From my family to yours, happy christmas!

Huffle Mawson

Skittles, The Huntress said...

A very blessed Christmas to you and your pet humans!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

DaisyMae Maus said...

That was very sweet ...

Merry ChristMAUS!
DMM & the Feline Americans

Lux said...

We really enjoyed reading your story, Fin's Mom.

We so hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

Everycat said...

What a sweet and precious tale! It captures a childhood moment so beautifully. Thank you to Fin's Mommy for sharing it with us. We really enjoyed reading it.

Hope you had a good day Fin dear, we all ate so much we can barely type yet alone walk

Love to you all!

Wuudles

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!!!
We hope it was pawsome and fun :)
Thank you too,Meg, for sharing some of the magic of Christmas with us!!!!!!

Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR too!!!!!!!!!!!

Purrs Mickey,Georgia and Tillie

MoMo said...

Beautiful Christmas story, thanks for sharing. Look forward to your New Year's eve one.

Thankyou Fin, for letting your mommi use you space!

Have a great holiday season.

Purrs from your SIF,
Momo

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

wonderful Story! Your Mom is very talented!! Merry Belated Christmas to you all, too!
Your FL furiends,

Parker said...

That was lovely!

Cat with a garden said...

Oh Fin, you Mom wrote such a nice story. Our mom loved her grandmom very much too! We hope you are having some wonderful days!

castle diva said...

What a lovely story.

Ms. P and Cinza