Christmas Surprise!

By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT

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It was the eighth Christmas of my life. I won’t tell you how long ago that was! The only item on my wish list was for a red wagon. We lived comfortably, but I knew I didn’t get everything I asked for. I was an only child’ but not a spoiled one as people often assume about us are lies.

We always got up at 5 a.m. on Christmas morning to open presents at our house before packing the car and driving an hour north to visit both sets of my grandparents. I was sleepy-eyed but wide-awake enough to notice that there didn’t appear to be a red wagon under our tree. I opened some lovely gifts’ but no wagon was to be found. So we loaded up the car with presents, my dog Pudgie, my parakeet Pepper, Mother, Daddy and me and off we went.

I was sure that I would get the red wagon at Mama and Granddaddy’s but I didn’t. I continued to smile while worrying inside that Santa Claus had forgotten my request. We then moved on to Nanny and Papa’s house where I was amazed and excited that indeed he had remembered me as there was the red wagon under their tree.

Unfortunately, I don’t know where that red wagon is now (perhaps in Mother’s attic?), but I can tell you it got a lot of use. When I was little, I hauled things in it, including my dog. When I was older, we had moved to a street that dead-ended in a circle. We lived at the top of the hill. I can’t tell you how many times my friends and I, now teenagers, rode that wagon down the hill’screaming the whole way!

So’ think about gifts for your children that will bring delight, cause involvement with others and not be just mindless technology that isolates them. Don’t go as much for the ‘flash’ as for the true, old-fashioned fun gifts can bring. Wishing you joy-filled holidays!

Copyright 2008. Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission from author.

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Sharon Scott

Sharon is the author of eight award-winning books including four on the topic of peer to peer pressure.

The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.

Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!

A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.

Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.
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