Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mrs. Claus

We are the girls from {Junk in their Trunk}
Here we all are with our momma.  She's a saint.  I mean she raised 9 kids.  Can you tell who the sister in laws are?  They kind of fit right in with the family don't they. 


Today we are going to share with you a fun little tradition our family has done since forever.  A few days after Santa would visit our house, we always had a 'special' visitor who came and hid us a little present.  Every NEW YEARS DAY we would wake up and hurry through the house looking for our hidden present from none other than MRS. CLAUS.  It never was anything big necessarily, but the excitement of finding the gift was almost as exciting as Christmas morning.

Years later we have all grown up and started our own little families.  This tradition has continued on with each of our families.  Our kids love it just as much as we loved it. 


If you haven't tried this tradition yet, this is the perfect year to start it.  We have attached a short story of how Mrs. Claus started her tradition of delivering gifts on New Years Eve (written by none other than Andrea).  The one thing to remember is that Mrs. Claus doesn't give big gifts.  She specializes in small gifts since Santa is the big gift giver.  This tradition is great to have especially if you get a gift late or forget where you have hidden something you bought to give your kids for Christmas.  But above all, it is great watching those little ones eyes light up with excitement and running around the house looking for that gift from the one and only Mrs. Claus. 


One year shortly after Santa had completed his season of gift giving, his beautiful young wife was putting in a load of laundry, careful to keep the whites separate from all those dastardly red suits that have a propensity to bleed and turn everything pink, when she discovered a sack full of gifts behind the laundry hamper that Santa had forgotten to deliver.  Already feeling a little overlooked and underappreciated for her part in the gift giving business, she hatched a plan to be sure the neglected gifts would be delivered to their rightful recipients with credit being given where it was due.  Santa always spent the week after Christmas cleaning out the sleigh of all those cookie crumbs and spilt milk, pampering the reindeer recuperating from their trans-world voyage, and sweeping up the torn wrapping paper and scraps of ribbon from the workroom.  Once these tasks were complete, he pampered himself for one night only by catching up on the latest football season and drinking eggnog till he crashed on the couch for at least 12 hours straight in a dreamless stupor.  This always happened on the last night of the year when the rest of the world was celebrating New Years Eve.  Poor Mrs. Claus had spent many a New Years Eve all by herself while Santa snored away in his La-Z Boy.  She knew this would be the perfect time to carry out her plan to salvage the gifts that Santa forgot.  

New Year's Eve day came and as soon as Mrs. Claus heard Al Michaels voice carry over the TV waves, she went out to the stables and prepped 4 reindeer for the journey (she didn't need all 9 since being a woman she was willing to ask for directions and therefore didn't take as many wrong turns causing unnecessary flight time for the reindeer).  She tossed in the bag of forgotten toys and began her journey across the world to deliver the presents that Santa forgot.  As she came to the first house, she could hear the celebrations for New Years Eve going on inside.  Not wanting to intrude or interrupt the festivities, she decided to hide the gift in another room so that when the child woke up on New Years Day, they would be surprised to find something hidden away for them, even more surprised when they saw that the gift was from the one and only Mrs. Claus.  After all, anyone who thinks that a man of all people could pull off something so grand as to deliver presents to all the world in a single night all of his own accord, has obviously never lived with a man.  Truly, a gift giving operation like Christmas has the stamp of a woman all over it.  And that is why on New Year's Eve, she personally takes care of the delivery of the gifts that Santa forgot.   

And now you know the story behind our family's fun New Years Eve tradition of Mrs. Santa's visit.

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8 comments:

Hilary and Chris said...

Oh we do Mrs. Clause. I remember growing up loving it just as much as Christmas day. As if all the stuff I had already gotten was already old news. Very cute story...

Charissa said...

Ok, I've been doing this tradition all my life, but have never heard the story behind it yet! Loved it! Leave it to Andrea to get the story behind everything.

tiffunny said...

I always loved Mrs. Clause and so do my kids! She's tired by the time she gets to our house though and doesn't hide the presents like she did when I was a kid - as seen by our stuff just sitting out on the fireplace in the pics. Some years she simply brings the kids each a movie or a game. Other years she's just given one gift they all share that's full of games or whatever. She also always finds some leftover candy and stuff in Santa's sleigh - especially since Santa forgot to set out some of it on Christmas eve! That forgetful old man!

Bethany said...

What a great story!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love this story! I found you through Tater Tots and Jello, and I'm a new follower.

shopannies said...

how super cute looks like a great time by all

sara campbell said...

That's a clever idea! thanks for sharing!

LaRaine said...

I know I am way late, but I just found this posting. I love your story behind our tradition Andrea. Our kids do it too, or they used to. Decie found a friend in Mississippi that her family that had this tradition and got it from her parents too. Love you Gubler girls.

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