Wanted: Santa Claus & Charity. Kids Included!

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 23rd Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1t45eqmd/
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Santa Claus comes in every shape you can imagine and at times, he doesn't even wear a red suit or a hat. It is 'the spirit' of Christmas this guy is all about.

I'm Ready

Dan and I had the pleasure of taking our grandson Tristan, to the hospital were he was born in, some 19 months ago. As a grandparent, I find it is our responsibility to help mold Tristan. We are not the main adults in his life, as he does have two wonderful parents that love and adore their time with him. I just feel, raising a child, is a family project.

Charity has been very important to me and I learned it from my mama. When my children were growing up, I tried to show them by example, that we give to one another, we look outside of ourselves and feel compassion for others. Especially to those that are in need.

My kids have done exactly what was shown to them by my husband and I (also others in their lives), they have proven this to us, time and time again. Take the time to instill this one attribute into your loved ones heart, the love of giving.

I also have found that it is not too early to start with your child. This is one of the reasons why we decided to take Tristan with us to the hospital, so he could play Santa Claus and feel the joy of giving.

We try to help at least one family every Christmas season, last year we were unable to do so, it was a tough year for us financially, as it was with so many. This year we are able to give a few gifts.

Picture: Tristan has his Santa Claus hat in tow, a drink (playing Santa Claus makes you thirsty), he was strapped in for our long ride to the hospital and that beautiful smile, showed me, he was ready to go.

The other Reason We Went

As Granddaddy, Tristan and I, were on the way to the hospital, I could not help but think of the other reason why we picked a hospital to give to this year. Yes there were tears coming out of my eyes when this came to mind.

You see, our nephew Nick, passed away this year. Nick was just a young man of 28 and recently married to a wonderful young lady. We were all excited for Nick, he seemed so happy and his life was going good. Then one day, he was gone.

I have no doubt if Nick was still down here on earth, he would have loved to be right next to us, as the presents were being delivered.

Take it All In!

Dan, Tristan and I arrived at the hospital and we were a little latee. You see, Granddaddy, got lost, trying to find the hospital. The last time Dan and I made this trip, was the night our sweet Tristan was born.

We had so many things to do and time was not on our side tonight but, Tristan's eyes caught a glimpse of the Christmas tree and he just had to stop and admire its beauty.

That is one thing I have learned since raising my two, to stop and really take a close look at the child in your life and savor every moment. Before you know it, they will have grown up and pursuing their own path in life.

After all three of us admired the beautiful Christmas tree and of course, I had to take a few pictures.

Granddaddy, I and our little Santa Claus, started our trek towards the pediatrics ward. Well, we did have to go up and down the elevator a few times. You see, grandparents can do this, it is in our contracts.

Yes kids, you are allowed to play in elevators but, only with Gammy and Granddaddy, of course.

I have recited 'The Night before Christmas.', many times throughout the years. This year though, I decided I will write 'our' own little version.

Here Comes, Tristan Claus!

Granddaddy, Tristan and I, walked hand and hand, down the hallway of the hospital, were Tristan was born in.

The nurses were waiting, for us to appear, as I had already called them and informed them, we were near.

Granddaddy handed Tristan a gift, I grabbed my camera, ready to shoot, as Tristan handed it to the nurse...

with a smile too boot.

The nurse smiled at Tristan, Tristan smiled back. The nurse was about to say thank you, but our Tristan beat her at that.

Tristan looked over to Granddaddy and put out his hand, Tristan wanted more gifts, to give to his new friends.

Tristan...

just did not want to quit, and so Granddaddy handed Tristan...

Gift after gift.

When Granddaddy's hands were empty, Tristan looked over to me.

I knelt down beside Tristan, gave him a hug. I turned to his sweet face and softly said...

"I'm sorry little one, thank you for giving, but all of your gifts, have been given."

Tristan looked at the nurses, with that sweet little grin.

All the nurses said "Thank you", as they waved good bye, to their new, little friend.

As we turned and headed towards the door, I wondered if this little guy, will ever remember...

Just how much joy, his little hands had given.

The door Opened

Tristan grabbed Granddaddy's hand. Granddaddy looked down to Tristan and said "You did good boy, and gave you did.".

Tears welled up in my eyes...

Just too be able to see, these two great guys, walking away from me.

We rode up and Down the elevator a couple of times...

Okay, it was three.

We then...

Arrived back to the lobby, where the Christmas lights gleamed.

I knew Tristan would want to say 'bye bye', to the Christmas tree.

To my amazement, that was not what he did, Tristan walked over to the manger scene, stood there and just stared.

I grabbed my camera and I started to snap, but after one picture, I just had to stop!

I grabbed a tissue and wiped my eyes.

Knowing that the spirit of Christmas...

Was alive in our lives!

We went back...

To the car and tucked the little guy in. Granddaddy drove down the street and to home, we went.

Tristan was excited and he was dancing around, but before the second verse of jingle bells...

Our little Santa Claus, just had to shut down.

Granddaddy and I, looked back at our Tristan, all we could think of...

Is how this boy, has made our life glisten.

I would like to say one more thing, if you don't mind...

May all of you...

Take the ones you love, grab a gift or two and give it to someone, that you never, even knew.

May you and yours, have a very, Merry Christmas!


Please take the time to look at my wonderful family...

In Bugg's World... Santa is a Dog!

You Are, your Brothers Keeper, when Bi-polar goes Awry!

My path Followed... Leads me to Writing on Wikinut.

It's Still a Bugg's World but Now, his Dog World, is So Much Sweeter!

Our Company is Going strong! By Alabama Standards, that Is.

'The Night Before Christmas', Written By: Clement Clarke Moore

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author avatar Denise O
I am a 48 years old housewife whom lives in Alabama, USA. I have raised two kids and countless of others along the way. I am a grammy for the first time, to a gorgeous young man, named Tristan. I am a lover of dogs...We have Bugg aka Buggah and Swee...(more)

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author avatar Madan G Singh
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Lovely post Denise. Enjoyed it !

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Awww, thank you Madan, for your very kind words. May you have a wonderful holiday and a Happy & Healthy, New year! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Dec 2011 (#)

What a wonderful sharing of God's love seen through his creations! Thanks Denise, for making us part of this moving act of love and gratitude. I cherish the days when my son was growing up and at a young age he was just like Tristan, never tired of giving all he had away without a second thought, but to my dismay!!! Now he has grown up a little to the ways of the world. I can relate to what you say. Couple of years back, I was overdrawn upto the neck and I had second thoughts in giving as usual; now I pat myself, I did not withhold giving! Merry Christmas -siva

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Amen my friend. I think if we all just gave a little, in the end this world could be a much better place, for all of us. I have to admit, being a Grandmother is the best. Now being with Tristan, it is just like having my son, as a child, all over again. Keep the love and patience and I am sure your son will come back to the very foundation he was raised with. Thank you for not giving into your second thought. May you and yours, have a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Buzz
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you so much, Denise, for this gift of an article you shared with us on this Christmas eve!

May you have the Merriest of Christmas, my friend!

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

You are most welcome Buzz. Us three had a blast that night. I wish and yours, a very, Merry Christmas. May you have a blessed day. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Dec 2011 (#)

What a beautiful Christmas Story, Denise. I will be heading down to one of the local soup kitchens around 2 AM Christmas morning to start roasting turkeys and cooking all the fixings. We plan to start feeding the homeless Christmas dinner starting at around 11 AM. If things work out the way they did on Thanksgiving we will not run out of food until around 4 PM.

A very Merry Christmas to you, Dan, and your whole clan--both two and four-footed.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Jerry. Bless you Jerry for the work you do. I do miss being able to do as I once did but, I do try in my own small way. You know I always have your family in my prayers. I wish for you and your family (yes both 2 and 4 legged) the best of every thing. You are tops in my book young man. Y'all have a very blessed day. Merry Christmas!:)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Dec 2011 (#)

So many people think Christmas is about friends and family, which it is, but if we are really lucky we need to remember it is also about charity.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

You are so right Mark. I find if you do a little of both, it sure does make the presents you get, just that much sweeter. My son just called and he informed me that yes, he did get Bugg and Sweet Tee's bones for Christmas, so my guys will be very happy this year. Mark, may you and your family have a very blessed day and a very, Merry Christmas! I am sure it will be a white one. Not here, we have the a/c on. LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2011 (#)

I wish I had had a grandmother like you. You are awesome, Denise O!

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Awww Steve, just what this Gammy wanted to hear. I so love this role that I now have in my life. I am just waiting for more to come. Steve, I know you think we are opposites politically but, I assure you we are closer than you think but, even after saying that, we are a great example of how: others from opposite sides, can respect another's opinion and yet, be friends in spite of our differences. I do celebrate this! I wish for you and your family, the best of everything. You have a heart of gold my friend and it shows daily. Merry Christmas! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
24th Dec 2011 (#)

What a superb Christmas story for your readers. Loved this - loved the great pix too. How lucky are you to have such a lovely grandson.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Awww Thank you Sheila, what a kind thing to say. Is that boy not the best, gosh I love him! I was so proud of him and when he kept handing them gifts and saying thank you after he handed them each one. This Gammy stood there with so much pride, I really felt like I would explode. I promise you, His Ganddaddy and I slept very well that night and with smiles on our faces. How lucky are we! Hon, I hope and pray, you and yours, have a wonderful Christmas day! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar martin cross
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Good article Denise

No problem using my pâté article. Enjoy.

Have a great Christmas. More recipes from around the world for leftover turkey being posted today

Martin

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author avatar Denise O
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Martin, I wanted to include the recipe in my New years article and also I am going to make it for my guest. It just looks and sounds so good. Thank you Martin. May you and yours, have a wonderful Christmas! As always,thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar vpaulose
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Dear sister Denis,
A beautiful post.
Thank you for your friendship and promoting me in this site. Wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Hope the new year will bring us closer and make us more fruitful.
Paulose

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author avatar Denise O
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Brother Paulose, thank you so much for your kind words. I can only see us getting closer as time goes by. It has been a absolute pleasure getting to know you and I plan on us doing more of that in the New year. You are most welcome my friend, I also appreciate your support through this last year. I see Wikinut only getting stronger and I just know, this coming year, we all will prosper. May you and yours have a wonderful and blessed Christmas day and a, Have a happy and healthy New year! As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Dec 2011 (#)

I understand the importance of charity presented well with example from your own life.

Charity is the best way of expressing love to the humankind.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Merry Christmas!

~Rathna

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author avatar Denise O
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Merry Christmas! My friend.:)

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author avatar Denise O
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Hey my friend, I was answering the messages and my computer kept freezing up, yesterday, sorry. Thank you so much my friend, for your kind words. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas day. As always, thank you for stopping by.:).:)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Dec 2011 (#)

A wonderful post Denise O. Very appropriate for Christmas time. The pleasure in giving is immense.
Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you GV, for your very kind words. I also tried to answer your message yesterday, only to be frozen up, when I tried. Sorry. I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas day. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar princess
25th Dec 2011 (#)

I enjoyed reading your post Denise. That is indeed the true spirit of Christmas! God bless you and your family. Tristan reminds me of my son, so young and yet eager and willing to give to others what he has. Merry Christmas! Congrats on your well-deserved star page. :)

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author avatar Denise O
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Princess, for your very kind words. God bless you and yours. Princess, my son (Tristan's daddy) was the exact same way at this age. As was my daughter. Both my kids still are this way, I so love this quality in them. Just wait until your son grows up and gives you a son. Hon, you will be just like us, in awe of them. I hope and pray, you and yours are having a very, Merry Christmas! Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
25th Dec 2011 (#)

The very heart of Christmas Denise...thank you:0)

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author avatar Denise O
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Delicia, that is very sweet of you. We sure had a great time with the little guy. I hope and pray, you and yours are having a wonderful day today. Merry Christmas!

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author avatar D in The Darling
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow! Right from the bottom of a very sweet heart.

Denise O, this is magical. Merry Christmas to you and your entire family.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Hey D, you are too kind. I so hope and pray, you and yours have a blessed day. I am about to get off the computer in a few and enjoy grilling on the front porch. Wish y'all could join us. Merry Christmas! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Dec 2011 (#)

I just carved up the last 12 turkeys so it looks as if we will make it to 3 at least, I doubt if we are going to make it until 4 as we did on Thanksgiving. I've been here since 1 this morning so I'm headed home. Some of our homeless guests have volunteered to say and help with the clean up.

I'm exhausted but I'm happy to have been able to make their Christmas a little more pleasant.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Dec 2011 (#)

You should be exhausted, Geesh! You have done a lot of work. Thank you Jerry for doing all you do. You touch so many peoples hearts. As I have always said, you are (most assuredly) on my John Wayne's list. By the way, Dan was excited, John Wayne marathon today. LOL
May you and yours have a wonderful night. Merry Christmas! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Yes, Denise, I was exhausted but it was all worth it. Somehow I managed to miss that John Wayne marathon because I never read TV Guide magazine and I seldom watch AMC which is the cable channel that it was on, otherwise I would have recorded the whole marathon on my DVR. I have my DVR set up to automatically record the programs that I normally watch because I never know when I am going to get to watch them.

If you received my last email, you know that what little family I have left is back East, so after I left the soup kitchen I came home to an empty house. One of my roommates, the security guard, had gone to his parent's house for Christmas, and my other roommate was asleep because she was working the first shift at the nursing home where she works as a nurse practitioner. I took a nap and then wrote a couple of articles for uploading to Factoidz today. As I told you in that email, the only family I have left are my son, daughter in-law, and seven grandkids.

If you didn't get that email, let me know and I will resend it.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Jerry, I have not yet received your email, I have been looking for it. I just came back from going through all of them again. Even going through my spam, one by one. Please send again! I did not know any of this. My add. is homeskillet19@aol.com
I will wait for that email and then I respond even more to you in a email. Jerry, I already have tears in my eyes, what happened!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Dec 2011 (#)

I will resend it to you using my pro address wordsmith1943@aol.com Out of all my email accounts that is the best one to use because it is always running in the background when I'm online so I know as soon as a message comes in.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Sounds good. Thank you my friend. I thought maybe it was you were too busy, I mean. You did a lot of work this last week. Any ways, I will be looking for it. I am going to start wrapping our presents (left a message explaining, on your first pet diabetes page) and I will check my emails every so often.:)

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author avatar Denise O
26th Dec 2011 (#)

For all those that have the idea, that they will send me any hateful emails or spam, I do not even touch email add.'s I DO NOT KNOW! Got It! Do NOT waste your time! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Amen and thanks for sharing this story. :-) Happy holidays and the merriest of new year to you and your family. HUGS!

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author avatar Denise O
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Bridgitte and you are most welcome. Dan, Tristan and I sure had a blast. May you and yours have a very ,Healthy & Happy New Year! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
27th Dec 2011 (#)

A wonderful story Denise O.
You certainly are blessed.

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author avatar Denise O
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Ivyevelyn for your kind words. Yes I agree, we are so blessed. Have a Healthy & Happy New year! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
29th Dec 2011 (#)

hugs to you Denise and love to the baby, how chweet..I simply loved this.

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author avatar Denise O
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Hug right back at ya my friend. I will pass the love onto to Mr. Tristan, I am sure he will say Love ya back. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Val Mills
29th Dec 2011 (#)

This is such a beautiful Christmas story, thank you for sharing with us. tristan will no doubt grow up with a truly caring spirit.

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author avatar Denise O
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Val for your kind words. We plan on doing this same thing with Tristan every year. So Dan and I can have a, Tristan and us thing every Christmas. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Sorry Val...Y'all have a Healthy & Happy New year!:)

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
29th Dec 2011 (#)

good boy!

i enjoy it my friend. you must have the best family in the world! regards to tristan!

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
29th Dec 2011 (#)

p.s. he's got a nice name

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author avatar Denise O
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you cowboy, he was such a good boy, I am so proud of him. I know I have a good family that is for sure, they really are some caring folks. Awww thank you, I too love the name, it was picked out by his mama when she was around 3 months pregnant and when she said it, we both looked at each other as if, yes, this will be his name. Fits him to a Tee. Have a Happy & Healthy New year! Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Happy new year too!

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author avatar Denise O
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you my friend.:)

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author avatar Denise O
9th Jan 2012 (#)

Happy New year!

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author avatar Write on
6th Jan 2012 (#)

He is so lucky to have grandparents like you in his life.

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author avatar Denise O
9th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you so much write on, for saying so. I am really enjoying being a Grandmother, it is the best thing, ever! LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Jan 2012 (#)

This was such a magical read Denise even though I have come to it after the Festive season had passed us by...What a wonderful loving family you are, and what wonderful gifts you pass on to your children and grandkids too..The gift of giving...It doesn't get any better than that my friend.I hope that you had a magical Christmas and New Year, and I wish you and yours a healthy and happy 2012..You are a constant joy to me Denise and I truly value your friendship..

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author avatar Denise O
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Yes hon, we had a absolute blast with Tristan. We didn't get to have him until the day after Christmas but, that was fine, he knew no difference. We acted as if it was Christmas night and he (of course) played right along with us. When he awoke he was in awe of the presents that sat under the tree. He kept taking in big breathes and smiling. After we all opened our presents, he sat among the ripped paper and he then started to clap, as he said 'Yeah!", his new thing to do. It just cracked me up. His daddy then, walked to the bed room and brought out his big gift, his big wheel. He was so excited, he could not move and then he put his arms in the air and ran towards his daddy and started to clap once again yelling "Yeah!". It was a hoot girl, one Christmas I will never forget. You know hon, I think it is our duty to show our kids that giving is not only a good thing but, it is a thing we all should aspire to do. I think if you start them out young then, it is ingrained in their minds and they will continue to do so, for the rest of their lives. I can not take credit for this though, I learned it from Mama. Thank you for the well wishes. I wish you and yours the best in 2012. Bless you hon, you are just a gem and I am happy to call you, my friend. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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