Thursday, January 19, 2012

Minivan Conversations: Christmas Lights and Soldiers

Yes, I realize that Christmas has been over for a while.  However, when I overheard this conversation in the minivan tonight, I had to share.

We were on our way to pick up Rachel from her horseback riding lesson and we passed a house that still has some Christmas decorations in their front yard including a lighted snowman and some other lights.  Emily asked, "Why do those people still have Christmas lights in their yard?"

Megan responded in a very serious, 'I know what I'm talking about' kind of voice.  "Probably it is because their dads are in the army or the navy and they have to go fight in wars so our country will be better and be safe.  These wars don't stop for Christmas so their dads don't get to be home at Christmas.  So, what these families do is they go ahead and open some presents on Christmas, but then they leave the lights and decorations up because they are waiting for the dads to get home."

Of course, Emily had to ask, "Does Santa come then?"

Megan very thoughtfully said, "Well, I really don't know.  Santa might wait and come after the dads get home, but they still get presents to open on Christmas.  Anyway, that's why they still have the Christmas lights on, Emily."

I'm still not sure whether to laugh or cry over this one, but God bless our kids and our troops!

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