Filled with excitement, we ran to the living room.  “Santa came!  Santa came!” we shouted.

Grandma stepped in from her post in the kitchen.  “You can open your stockings until everyone else gets up,” she told my sister and I, as she did every year.

Our stockings were always filled with little toys, sometimes jewelry, and always Lifesavers Storybooks.

In a little while our mom and our grandpa got up but until then, our stockings always kept us entertained.

In our house we keep this tradition.  Kids can open stockings as soon as they wake up but gifts wait for everyone, especially Mommy and Daddy.


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