December 4, 2013

"i'll wait for santa right here"

piri has claimed the tree skirt as his and will wait for santa to bring him his wish list right here. he won't move until he sees the bearded man in a red suit. 

one christmas when i was younger, in korea, my brother and i waited up on christmas eve to see santa claus. we were so determined. we brought out all our toys to play with so we wouldn't fall asleep. i think we put our mama in a predicament because she promised that he would drop by at the stroke of midnight. she thought we would surely fall asleep. but mamas are clever. and she had a counter plan.

at around 11:30 pm she told us that we would have so much more fun if we played in my room instead of the living room where our papa was watching tv. so off we went. and being little kids that we were we lost track of time. we ran out to the living room wide eyed and asked if santa came by. mama said "why yes! he came and dropped off these presents but he was so busy he had to go without saying hello. but he says you two have been very good. and merry christmas!"

we were stunned. first because there was a pile of presents that we didn't see before, and two, because we missed him. we kept saying "mama, but you should've stopped him~~" and asked where he parked his big ole sleigh. she said on our balcony. we believed her every word.

i don't remember everything i got, but i do remember a getting a dog toy {it barked} and a teddy bear from steiff, which i named bennie. i still have him to this day. i remember my brother got one of those cool mechanical pencil holders and a robot. 

i will never forget this christmas. it was magical. and i hope that whenever i have kids, i will be as clever as my own mama. we really thought santa came that night. 

// linking up with blogpaws wordless wednesday bloghop. 

33 comments

  1. This made me smile, but really. Beautiful and warm storry, two storries. It's always heartwarming to see and share everything that makes people happy, that create beautiful moments, the beautiful memories and that what is the best in people. I wish u to enjoy every moment! xx

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  2. That's so adorable. I remember trying to stay up for Santa.

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  3. But Jane, how can you be sure it was your mom and not Santa? :D

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  4. Sweet story Jane & clever clever mama! Memories like these are so special to hold onto & to reenact later on in the future! Looks like Piri will be the one to see Santa this year for sure ;)
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  5. Aw, what a cute story! Your Santa memory/story is much better compared to mine. Basically, I found out about Santa in pre-school in the morning and on that night, I was told he doesn't exist :O

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  6. Your mom sounds like a very clever lady.

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  7. This put a big smile on my face. Picture is Adorable!
    You have wonderful memories of Christmas past. There was one night I missed Santa.

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  8. That's such a sweet story and one I think you share in similar ways to a lot of people. That's the way is should be, such innocence! My earliest memory is of my uncle coming home from the gulf war and helping me with my new meccano. Sadly my auntie broke up with him and I have no trace of him anymore.

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  9. this is so adorable! i just found your blog and I love your pictures:) i'm also in dc, so i just read through the entire things to do in dc tag. so excited to go out and try new things!

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  10. I love this, Jane! I have a feeling you will be an amazing mom, the fact that you want to give your kids the experience of believing says it all. Plus your mom sounds like an amazing role model! And, of course, Piri. :):):)

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  11. What a great mama. My mom's cat has slept under the tree the whole night after she put it up.
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  12. Adorable! Both the photo and the story :)

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  13. What a cute memory!! We only lasted til 10pm one year ;)

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  14. yes, yes... I believed in Santa too... but I wanted to see Rudolph more!
    When I was younger, my dad told me he and santa knew each other personally, that he took a photo together which he lost (and also asked for Santa's number, but lost it again!), yet I believed him without a doubt and only wanted to know how furry(?) rudolph was! I think he said furry. That Christmas, I got a baby reindeer (doll) named Rudy which I like to believe is the son of Rudolph!
    Seriously, our parents did a great job in making us believe in Santa!

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    1. i love love this story!! thank you for sharing!!

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  15. That sounds like such a sweet Christmas. My family has never really celebrated Christmas. They've been too busy working because they're immigrants with very little education. DK and I have been making it a point to have them over for Christmas to have dinner and open presents. My parents still don't understand the point of Christmas, but I hope they will one of these years!

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    1. aww i think immigrant parents as immigrant workers are truly amazing. my parents were immigrants and immigrant workers as was my husband's late parents. xx

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  16. haha adorable. I remember my dad telling me that he woke up in the middle of the night and startled Santa so Santa went out the window and grabbed hold of the window sill and that's when he saw his hands on the window sill. I said, how do you know it was him?!? and he said because he had white cuffs and red sleeves. I ate the whole story up!

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    1. i love this story!! :) thank you for sharing!

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  17. Your mom was so smart--- my parents just made sure to make us a huge dinner so that we would fall asleep quickly. Piri is adorable and the first picture should included in your holiday card!

    Brittney

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  18. my mother always said if you don't believe in Santa then you don't get any presents. So I believed in Santa for a long time :) Aww your puppy so adorable and cuddly.

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  19. i'm smiling as i read this. such a lovely memory, Jane.

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  20. This made me laugh..brought back such sweet memories of mine!

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  21. Firstly, Piri is so adorable and secondly, your mom is too. What a clever woman :)

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  22. Piri looks so comfy snuggling in that soft blanket. That is a fond memory of your childhood Christmas. I never celebrated one growing up simply because we lived in Thailand and are Buddhist but I believed in Santa Clause :)

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  23. Sweetest Santa story! Your mom is a clever one :) We always had terrible fights in the school with the kids that didn't believe, I was one of the kids that was absolutely sure that I had seen them (in our case we celebrated the "Three Kings" instead) while running away to the next kid's home :P Piri is the most adorable thing next to the tree!

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  24. I like your Christmas story very much. It made me happy reading it. Your Mom was pretty brilliant.

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  25. I love this so much. Such a heartwarming story! I remember when we lived in an apartment in Tokyo, and I told my dad he had to leave the window open for Santa because we had no chimney. I sat there and watched until he really opened the window... It must have been freezing! x

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    1. it must've been freezing! thanks for sharing this sweet story.

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  26. That is so adorable that you thought Santa had come and dropped off your presents! Piri looks like he is settled in and will wait until Santa and the reindeer drop by and bring him some goodies. I'm entry #116 so come say hi if you love pet art!

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