David still has a Christmas tree in his room--not full size, just a little three foot, multi colored pre-lit one, free of decorations.
I did try to take it down
in January, but David protested. He uses
it each night like an oversized night light.
I guess with David we tend to follow the maxim, “if it ain’t broke, don’t
fix it” and please-please-please don’t let it break now because I am not sure
where I would find a replacement in the middle of July.
Lately, David’s thoughts have
wandered toward Christmas, as they seem to each July. Fortunately, he has not yet gone hunting for
the well-worn copy of Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, but rather opted for his
favorite Hallmark felt advent calendar in the shape of a Christmas tree.
And then just a few days
ago, I heard him knocking around in our basement storage room, generally not a
place that we encourage him to explore independently. By the time I went to investigate, he had
already found the “guys,” a set of Fisher Price holiday figurines. I wrote about his fascination with these
characters here and for those of you who have not already read it, go right
ahead, I will wait.
You’re back? Okay, good.
David retrieved the entire basket of figurines and once again began the
sorting process. Just like last year, he kept Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the
wise men and an angel. Oh, and a Christmas
tree for good measure.
But, Santa Claus? Nope.
Two elves? Nope. The snowman and a reindeer? Nope and nope. Santa Claus?
Wait, there are two Santas? There
must be a figurine for the “real” Santa and one for the fill-in “department
store” Santa. David tossed them all
aside, chucked in dramatic fashion over his shoulder into a discard pile.
The figures that made the
cut were all carted up to David’s bedroom.
I waited as he searched the toy box, but this time instead of cramming
them haphazardly into a single, yellow school bus, they must have decided to
splurge and charter two identical buses so that they could all ride home in
These new and improved
vehicles came equipped with the reverse noise; you know the “beep beep beep”
warning sound that some trucks make when in reverse? And, according to David’s reenactment of the
action, this Christ caravan did a great deal of backing up.
They must have been lost because,
as you probably know, they took a different route home. Plus, the way David had the cast of
characters divided, Mary and the angel were in the second bus while the first
bus held all men.
I guess no one was willing
to stop and ask for directions.