Throwback Thursday...a Christmas Confession

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Throwback Thursday...a Christmas Confession

 

This is a story I’m sure I’ve written about here before. Recently I was sharing Christmas stories with a friend and this one came up. 

 

 

There is an 8-year difference between my younger brother and me.  What I did happened every Christmas morning when we were children. Well, to be truthful, I was still doing this when he was 9 or 10 and I was in college.


You see, since I was always the first one up on Christmas morning and my brother is a night owl and slept in, it was just too easy for me to do.

 

What did I do?

I would get up between 4 and 5 in the morning and head to the fireplace where the stockings were hung on the chimney with care.  St Nicholas had already been there. 

Before looking at my bounty from Santa, I would check to see what my brother got. Santa left goodies in our stockings and what couldn’t fit in them were left below the stockings. 

I carefully reached inside his stocking...looked at the little cars or G.I. Joe’s or whatever little boys got...and just as carefully I put everything back.

It’s not that I wanted anything he received, I just wanted to see what he got. 

Looking back, I think part of my reason for getting into my brother’s stocking could be called a form of delayed gratification.  I was doing my best to stretch out Christmas morning. 

By the way...so you won’t think I’m a total load...I told my brother what I was doing when he was old enough to comprehend it. I also continued to be the first one to check out his stocking. 

 

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Pat Champion
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What a special memory you have with your brother this is what the holidays  are made of. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 17, 2020 08:29 AM #16
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kathy you area hoot at what yuou  would do, I think of naughty of nice and wonder what Santa put by your name

 

Dec 17, 2020 09:26 AM #17
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Hi Kathy Streib - I certainly don't see the harm in taking a peek.  I was expecting you to say that you would change out the little gifts as a gag. But that would not have been cool especially if your brother was a true believer! LOL!

Dec 17, 2020 09:55 AM #18
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There is no such thing as being delayed gratification 🎅

Happy Thursday afternoon Kathy Streib 

 

Dec 17, 2020 10:41 AM #19
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Sham Reddy CRS that is so true. It's also important to teach our children about the real and true meaning of Christmas. 

Donald Urschalitz times truly have changed.

Brian England you're right about the curiosity part...it's in my nature. 

Dec 17, 2020 11:25 AM #20
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Nina Hollander I often wonder what I would have done if I'd had a sister...now her things I'd probably like. 

Sharon Lee Maybe Santa knew!!!!

Wayne Martin I didn't realize it but my brother actually missed me when I graduated and moved away from home. 

Dec 17, 2020 11:28 AM #21
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Michael Jacobs I liked your rationale for my crime!!!!

Barbara Todaro so they threw you under the bus!!!   

Kat Palmiotti I was also the kid who went around and shook each gift. 

Dec 17, 2020 11:33 AM #22
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty yikes! did you ever kick his behind??!!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel We opened gifts that were under the tree on Christmas Eve, such as the ones from our relatives.  Then we had egg nog. 

Dec 17, 2020 11:35 AM #23
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Rocky Dickerson well he once booby-trapped his room with some kind of GI Joe thing and got me when I walked in!  Payback!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD did they ever find out??

Grant Schneider that's a lot!  My brother didn't seem to mind, thank goodness. 

Dec 17, 2020 11:38 AM #24
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker it would be natural for any kid to do that!!!  At least that's what I'd like to think! LOL

Pat Champion that's what holidays are for...creating memories. 

Will Hamm I'm pretty sure he put "questionable."

 

Dec 17, 2020 11:40 AM #25
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Memories of our childhood Christmases are priceless.  My family lived very frugally, when I was a kid. We weren't poor, but mom and dad watched their pennies.  I remember I wanted tennis rackets one year when I was about nine.  I was pretty good at ferreting out what I was receiving in advance by shaking boxes, etc.  But, that particular year, my mom had hid the gift under the couch, but put a sealed envelope with card in the branches, which instructed where in the living room the rackets were hidden away.  I thought for certain I wouldn't get what I had wished for, until I opened that envelope.

Dec 17, 2020 12:21 PM #26
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CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 17, 2020 12:23 PM #27
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Kathy Streib My sister and I were nine years apart. She was older than me and not a believer. But she never told me there was no such thing as Santa :)

Dec 17, 2020 01:22 PM #28
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Kathy that might sound bad to you, but you are way to nice.  If it were me, I would have emptied out his stocking and replaced it with a lump of coal, and then take a picture of his reaction.

Dec 17, 2020 02:05 PM #29
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Sharon Tara
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I'm so glad you didn't say that you switched or took from him...I was expecting something much worse as I was reading. Kids can be like that you know! LOL

Dec 17, 2020 03:20 PM #30
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That would have been forbidden in my head.  I still remember my mother having me wrap all our gifts the year her back went out.  I didn't look in any of the gifts, even the ones marked for my dad or brother.

Dec 17, 2020 05:51 PM #31
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks, Kathy, for sharing some of your Christmas memories.

Enjoy the holiday season.

Dec 17, 2020 06:08 PM #32
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kathy loved this glimpse into your childhood I do not remember reading about it before.... what a great story, you should have been working for one of the covert agencies in the early days:)Endre

Dec 17, 2020 10:50 PM #33
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Morning Kathy.

I don't recall reading this one before, but what a great way to celebrate the season.

Dec 18, 2020 12:22 AM #34
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I love this and the glimpse into your heart. So precious! Thank you.

Jan 18, 2021 09:18 AM #35
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