The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

December 1, 2012

Twas the lull before Christmas


GREENVILLE — Between every Thanksgiving and Christmas there is a lull.

Once the turkey leftovers are consumed, and the frenzy of the initial Christmas shopping has been completed, there are still a few weeks to go before the big day finally arrives. This is where we are now at the Kellar Estate.

It doesn’t help that we have our son Jason, 6, who is bouncing off the walls with anticipation. His Christmas wish list grows exponentially with every commercial on Nickelodeon, the Cartoon Network or the Disney Channel.

Jason is even in full “buttering up” mode, doing whatever he can to make sure his name is etched onto the “nice” list and stays off of the “naughty” list.

Jason is trying his hardest to be nice, even to his big sister Jaylynn, 13. Of course Vida and I know that even when Jason is being nice, he tends to drive Jaylynn crazy.

Jason will tell us that he is going to give “Sissy” a bite of his candy, or intends to share his toy with her. We watch him enter Jaylynn’s room and all is well for a few minutes, until the voices start to escalate and we eventually hear Jaylynn scream “Get Out!”

This will be instantly followed by Jason breathlessly explaining to us that, whatever happened, it wasn’t his fault.

This is a cycle which is repeated several times a day, but we’re used to it. The same thing used to happen when Jaylynn was about Jason’s age and she used to go into her big brother Nick’s room.

We are a bit behind the times when it comes to Christmas this year, however. December has started and we have yet to put up the amazingly lifelike artificial Christmas tree, or place any of the holiday decorations around the Estate.

I haven’t done any shopping yet. But I am a man of the male gender, which means I am genetically inclined to wait until the last minute anyway.

Vida skipped Black Friday this year, but was up until the early morning hours on Cyber Monday obtaining gifts.

We just have to learn to be patient. Christmas will be here soon enough. There are still a few weeks remaining in which we can string lights, or purchase and wrap gifts.

And that means there is still time for Jason to make the “nice” list, as well as drive Jaylynn insane.

Just a thought ...

Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer