Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads;
And Papa in his cap and I in my kerchief,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.
When out on the lawn arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Then I chickened out and ran back to bed. It's dang cold here in Idaho and my bed is warm.

Plus I'm a chicken like that.

[Poke, poke] "Peanut Head! I heard something noisy. I think we're being burglared!"

[Snore . . . . snore] [Long minutes pass, maybe a half hour]

"PEANUT! Go protect your family!"

Peanut Head got up to check it out, but since he was so nonchalant and slooooooooow about it, we didn't get to see the Fat Man.

But he left this.


In the snow.

From his sleigh.

Do you see it?!!!

Here, look closer.

See where he landed? Do you see the skinny part on the right where the runners to the sleigh first hit?

Then the tracks . . . He was not at all dainty about getting out of his sleigh.

I know you're thinking that Samma-Lamma-Ding-Dong made those tracks, but trust me she didn't. Remember, it's cold in Idaho, she poops right off the porch and runs back inside. The rest of our yard was pristine.

Until the Santa Man landed, that is.

Then here's where he's taking off after doing his business transaction.

And there are his runners again where he left the ground.

Can you believe that?!!!!

Of course it will all be gone in the morning (because it snows in Idaho) so we had to take these pictures to show the kiddos.

Have a very Merry Christmas Everyone!


  1. That's the best!! Merry, Merry Christmas:-)

  2. How COOL seeing the sleigh tracks!!! What fun! Too bad you didn't see ole Santa Claus!

  3. What a great idea! Can't believe all the snow you have. We had to turn on our AC tonight...very warm and humid! Merry Christmas to your family!

  4. You have to be quick to catch that guy, but I love the evidence left behind. Too fun!

  5. You and I need to have a private talk about all this. What a way to convince my 10 year old son that yes, there really is a Santa. He's really fighting with it right now. I am impressed with Santa. I wish he would have left tracks like that at our house. It would have proved everything on the spot. Awesome!!!!!

  6. Hope you had a great Christmas, Jill. Just wanted to tell you that we made your sweet potatoes yesterday and the whole family agreed they were the best we'd ever had!

    (BTW, Santa brought a new camera and Adobe Photoshop Elements. Once I figure both out, I'll have to try my hand at digital scrapbooking....)