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The greatest gift of all

Sunday, December 26, 2010

It was approximately 5 a.m., Saturday morning.

But this wasn't any ordinary Saturday morning.

This was James David's first Christmas.

I woke to hearing our two dogs, Andi and Beagle Bailey, scurrying about in their crates.

They were definitely ready to grab a bite to eat and settle down for the day.

After taking care of them as soon as I could (every morning, I always hope Merry and James David will sleep through the dogs and their restlessness).

After taking care of Andi and Beagle Bailey, I tip-toed into James David's room.

He was in his crib, just looking around.

Who knows how long he had been awake, but he seemed unusually excited.

As the clock turned to approximately 5:30 a.m., I went into Merry's room to wake her as our son seemed eager to get the day going.

We went into the living room and saw that an entire plate full of cookies James David had left out for Santa had been eaten.

Saint Nick managed to slurp down a whole glass of hot chocolate too, all the while leaving a heaping mound of gifts addressed to our 10-week-old son.

As we helped him open the gifts, James David looked as if he might be ready to take a quick nap before a big day.

It honestly seemed that he knew we were going to be on the road.

Later Christmas morning, the three of us packed into the car and drove to Spencer to spend the day with the family.

It was magical. James David had a wonderful day as did all the children in the family.

As the evening drew to a close, and we were driving home, James David finally took another nap. He didn't sleep much Saturday.

But when we finally got home, he was up again and ready to get some food.

The family made it through our first Christmas together and it was magical.

As far as mom and dad and gifts they may have received?

We received the greatest gift of all earlier this year when James David arrived in our life.

For Merry and I, Christmas came in October with the birth of our son.

The greatest gift of all. This is true. I could have gone through the entire holiday and not received a single gift.

That simply didn't matter and to be honest, it really hasn't for quite some time.

When I was younger, it was easier to spend more time with the family.

As everyone has gotten older, that has become a little more difficult.

But for two consecutive weekends, our son had the opportunity to be with family, which is the most important thing regarding the holidays.

Now, James David has a few days until he gets to ring in his first New Year.

He, our greatest gift, probably won't be up when the clock strikes midnight. Then again, he might.

But knowing my track record with New Year's, I'll probably be laying down by 9 p.m., Dec. 31.