From the time we got our tree until Christmas day, Jake was all smiles and so excited about Christmas. He loved all of the festivities at school, he loved all of the decorations and was excited about the presents he might get from Santa. The only things that Jake didn’t like was the Elf and the idea that Santa was going to come into our house. The elf moved a couple of times and Jake did NOT like it one bit so he has hung from our chandelier pretty much the whole month of December. One of the mistakes I made was calling Santa; I thought if Jake heard his voice he might get excited and be a little more open to the idea of Santa coming to see him. Well, this was not the case. Jake cried and begged me to tell Santa not to come into his room. He only wanted Santa by the tree and to eat the cookies and go home.
Christmas Eve my family came over and he was all smiles. Before my family arrived Jake said “I can’t wait to see my grandparents and Ella!” He said hello when people spoke to him; they aren’t strangers like they have been in the past. Jake has known everyone since he was born but each time he saw them it was like meeting them for the first time. On Christmas Eve he knew them all and remembered who they were and could call them by name. For years we have worked on this. We did our gift exchange where Jake waited patiently for his turn with this incredible smile and look of excitement. That day I couldn’t take my eyes off of him, watching him was a gift in itself. All the years of work, the flash cards, the pictures…everything came together on Christmas Eve for Jake. Not to sound corny but for me; it was a miracle. You know, I always felt it would click one day and I always knew he was retaining what he was being taught but to see it unfold right before my eyes was something I can barely describe. That night Jake couldn’t wait to get to bed but made me promise him that Santa wouldn’t come in his room. I promised him that I would let Santa know and he settled down a little but seemed tense. We sang our songs, read stories and Jake was asleep pretty quickly. The next day Jake would later tell me he was so scared and hid under his blankets all night; partly due to the storm and partly scared Santa might come inside his room. Poor kid woke up drenched in sweat which is why he isn’t in cute Christmas jammies in our pictures. But hey, that was the only time he was stressed throughout the entire holiday!
On Christmas morning Jake couldn’t wait to come into the den to see if Santa had been to our house. He ran in with a huge smile and immediately started playing. I don’t think the smile left his face the entire day. He couldn’t wait to open presents and go through his stocking. He waited for his turn to open gifts and watched us as we opened ours. He was totally into everything Christmas! The best gift I received other than winning $100 on a scratch off was watching Jake. Remembering how on Christmas’s past he would sit there with a blank look on his face. Knowing how he would cry over anything, knowing he didn’t understand the whole gift exchange and watching him try to process it all was difficult at best. Seeing him so excited this year just made my heart feel so full and I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. I watched him as he watched his dad and sister open their gifts, he couldn’t wait to see what they got. I watched him as he opened his gifts. He is very meticulous about how he opens them and won’t read the box or look at the gift until every piece of paper is off his present. Then he would smile and shout out what the gift was and say in a deep voice “thank you Santa!” John and I would exchange looks and smile; tears filled my eyes and my heart was ready to burst.
As Christmas day went on Jake played nonstop. At one point he looks at me and says “I am SO HAPPY!” Want to talk about a tear-jerking moment; seriously he shared on his own how he was feeling and the words alone…well let’s just say they are in my memory box forever.
Jake said countless times “this is the best Christmas ever!” This was his 7th Christmas and I would have to say that this was by far his best Christmas!!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…” Isaiah 9:6