22 December 2009

Excitement

The child spent yesterday afternoon at her grandparents' house. While there, she helped make Christmas cookies, and brought home a little ornament that her grandmother gave her. When we got home, she asked to go down to the cellar "to wrap something". She insisted. I escorted her down to the cellar, she glommed onto some scrap red taffeta and wrapped up the ... little ornament that her grandmother had just given her. "I need a ribbon" so I found her a piece of green ribbon - "red and green, it's the Christmas colors!" - and she made a label out of paper and affixed it with enough tape to fix the space shuttle. Then she put it under the tree.

I thought that was the end of things, until Friday anyway.

We sat down to do her homework: fill in some blanks, do a word search, read a book (her out loud to me), read another book (me out loud to her), write a sentence about the second book*.

And then she asked "Can I open a present?" At this point, the only presents under the tree are two that came by mail, one that she brought home from school, one that she wrapped using fabric and a needle & thread (and I have no idea what's in it, except that she told me it's edible, and I hope that means it isn't perishable because it's been there for days) and the two that we bought and wrapped for Daddy before the snowfall on Saturday. In other words, hardly anything, and she knows that no presents are to be opened until Christmas.

Indulgent and perspicacious mama that I am, I said yes, and she proceeded to open the present from Grandma that she herself had wrapped an hour before. We said "Ooh what a beautiful ornament", and she went to bed clutching it in its box.

Her excitement about Christmas this year is palpable - so much more so than ever before. It's rather magical.




* "What was interesting was that the egg didn't go back in the book", in case you wanted to know.

14 comments:

Stimey said...

So sweet. Doesn't it make it amazing?

Mad said...

Oh, how this made me smile.

Mary G said...

Magic!
I just bought four new rolls of tape. The grandfather of my six year old grandgirl is no better than she is.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Ahhhh, the magic of Christmas.

Kelly said...

I'm almost as excited as my girly. Having a child around for Christmas really does make it so much more fun.

repliderium.com said...

Awwww.
Gray is only 2 but I can't wait until he's old enough to be all awe struck. And being that I'm God momma- I can get him whatever ridiculous amount of gift that I so desire!!!!!

Carol said...

I miss the magic of Christmas.

Bee said...

Christmas is best with small (or smallish) children around. Sweet, sweet story.

AnnetteK said...

That is too stinking cute!

Aunt Becky said...

It's what makes Christmas so magical for me. I adore it. I cannot wait to hear how she loved it.

painted maypole said...

adorable!

EVERYDAY (for about 2 weeks now) MQ says "can you wait for Christmas? I can't WAIT for Christmas!"

Kyla said...

That is so adorable!

YourFireAnt said...

Maggie, I loved reading this. The girlie knows how to thrill herself. What a delight she must be.

T.

alejna said...

I love this. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy.