Emily Wyckoff

Best Holiday Memory

Do you ever have one of those moments when you think you must be doing something right when it comes to raising your kids? I know that I sometimes feel these moments are few and far between, but this Christmas my six year old daughter surprised me. Unbeknownst to me, my two daughters were furiously making gifts throughout the month of December for various family members – primarily simple necklaces and bracelets consisting of beads strung on wire - and taking care of all the wrapping themselves (needless to say, I had to make a lot of tape runs to the store). A few days before Christmas, they had their gifts “wrapped up” and then turned to making gifts for each other. Again, I take no credit for this, this isn’t something my husband or I had enforced or even suggested. Maybe they saw it on iCarly:-).

In any event, on Christmas morning, my six year old daughter could barely wait to present her gifts to her older sister and her younger brother. She gave her brother her favorite book, “Ten Apples Up on Top,” and my son was thrilled – he spent much of the morning proudly reading the book and ignoring all of his gifts from Santa.

Here is what she gave her older sister:

A card with one dollar and thirty cents (from her piggy bank) taped inside. Believe me, I think she has all of two dollars and fifty cents - at most - in that piggy bank, so she took a pretty significant hit. Anyway, it was really the cutest thing in  the world.  Have your kids surpised you when you least expect it? Share your stories!

5 Responses to “Best Holiday Memory”

  1. I could cry this is so cute!

  2. Shelley says:

    This kind of goes with memory categories, I watch Rachel all the time, she is my Tivo goddess! She always tells you when you make pasta dishes to SEASON the pasta! One trick I have found when making spahgetti is the tomato sauce/mushrooms/olives I use instead of draining that juice into the “garbage bowl” I add it to the pasta water along with some garlic. My Kids love it and my grand-daughter even eats the pasta plain! Its a Favorite holiday staple with us!

  3. Parascheva1014 says:

    This is adorable. One time my daughter who is 2 years old walked up to nana to say goodbye after a visit and said in her cutes girlie voice, “thank you for comeing over today nana… for meeeee!” She was so sweet I almost cried.

  4. cali67 says:

    Isn’t it amazing when after fussing and arguing (not all the time) they can suddenly be so sweet and thoughtful of each other. Those moments make being a parent worth all the everyday craziness!

  5. Steph says:

    A 3 year old I volunteer with asked me if I could take him Christmas shopping to buy his mom a present. He picked out a really nice candle and went to the check-out with his piggy bank saving in tow. The cashier told him that the candle was half price (which I am sure made little sense to him) but then carefully explained that he could buy something else. So he got a second candle. We went to his house and wrapped them seperately and he hid them under his bed. When I went over after Christmas he brought me to his room to show me his new toys and then remembered something. He then crawled under the bed and presented me with a wrapped up candle! It was too cute! I cried, and so did his mom. It was priceless.

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