Mom2Mom, Nov. '13: Have you noticed that the Christmas merchandise goes up earlier and earlier, in every store from Target to Dollar Tree?
It seems like we go straight from Back-to-School to Jolly Old St. Nick. Makes me feel kind of sad for Thanksgiving.
I remember a time when Thanksgiving indeed got lost in the mix for me. My husband and I had a planned a "surprise" December wedding—no one would know our big "Christmas Party" was actually going to be our wedding. However, on Halloween night we had the good sense to let my parents know the truth.
We were both dressed as punk rockers, wearing wild wigs and crazy make-up, when we stopped at my folks' house to break the (good) news. So in the six weeks between that Halloween night and December 13th, Thanksgiving was indeed an overlooked event.
Twenty-some years later I still think about that first holiday season Scott and I spent with our extended families.
We were just back from our honeymoon when Christmas came.
In the shuffle of stuffing last-minute gifts under the tree, some nametags got knocked off. My mom opened boxers that were meant for my brother. Somebody else opened a box of chocolates meant for my dad. You get the idea.
Poor Scott wasn't paying attention. He completely missed the whole mixed-up tags business. He was opening a big box and pulling up tissue paper when he hesitated.
"Oh, that's so nice," he said, a little too enthusiastically, as he tried to figure out what he had unwrapped.
He was holding up something long, silky and teal.
"Scott!" I howled, laughing at both his fake appreciation for the gift and his immediate impulse that it was actually for him.
"That's my present for your mother! It's a NIGHTGOWN—you don't have to pretend to like it!"
I watched him slowly drop the fabric back in to box. He was trying so hard not to offend his new family.
"I would have liked it anyway, even if it didn't fit me!" he offered.
What a relief when the next package he unwrapped turned out to be a box of golf balls!
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