My grandma had the world’s loudest grandfather clock in her living room. I swear every tick and every tock reverberated through my bones as I pretended to sleep on the pullout couch with its thin, lumpy mattress and creaking springs. It really was the perfect torment for a little kid trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve so Santa could drop off presents and fill the stockings.
You might think that sweating bullets on that pullout couch in my grandma’s living room because I was worried that I was going to stop Christmas from coming would be one of my least favorite holiday memories, but it’s not. It’s one of my absolute favorite because every time I hear the distinctive bong-bong of a big old grandfather clock it takes me right back to that moment. The anticipation. The giddiness. The hope that this year Santa wouldn’t stuff the toe of my sock with underwear. That last one, by the way, always happened every year without fail. Santa, in the form of my family, has a peculiar sense of humor.
Getting up in the morning to scope out the goodies under the tree before making enough noise to wake the dead—or at least a few grown ups—so we could finally open presents was great, but it was the night before that always sticks out. It was that sparkly feeling that lightens your whole body, letting you know that something awesome and magical and unexplainable was about to happen. You don’t get that feeling every day, but when you do it’s hard to forget.
The grandfather clock is gone now and I haven’t spent a Christmas Eve on my grandma’s pullout couch in decades, but I still think of those nights when I’m sneaking around stuffing underwear into the toe of my kids’ stockings. You see, Santa still has a sense of onery humor in my family.
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Length: 206 pages
Publisher: Avery Flynn; 1 edition (October 15, 2014)
Brewing up trouble one pint at a time.
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