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There was one particular Christmas in which I wanted a bicycle sooo badly. I had a small bike and I wanted to step up to a 26-inch bike with hand brakes and a three-speed shifter. They were the rage! My two cousins also wanted the same thing that I did for that Christmas.

We were celebrating our family Christmas at our Uncle’s and Aunt’s house. We had a fine Christmas dinner. Time to open the gifts. With my parents, my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents all taking turns to open gifts time passed and the evening waned. No bicycles! Sure…plenty of gifts for us kids but no bicycles.

I forget who, but, after all the gifts from under the tree were opened and disappointment was setting in, either one of my uncles or my father suggested that there might be something for us stashed in the detached garage. The three of us rushed out to take a look. Nothing there! We were puzzled and disappointed. We made our way back to the house, went into the living room where everyone was gathered around the tree and to our delight – BICYCLES! But…only two. My cousins were thrilled but, of course, I was even more disappointed. I am sure my disappointment, turning to sorrow, was plain and obvious.

Suggestion made…why don’t I check the garage again. Maybe we missed or overlooked something on our first trip. Well…hopes up again and still gullible, off I went. Nothing again! Little did I think that the repeated trips to the garage were diversions to get us out of the house while they snuck the bikes from the front porch where they had been sequestered into the living room to surprise us.

Sure enough, when I came back to the house, there was a third bike! To the merriment of all, I raced around to the third bike and checked the gift tag to make sure that it was for me. I don’t know who I thought it could have been for if not for me, but I was not taking any chances on another disappointment.

Our family shared many Christmas celebrations together as I grew up. Now, with an expanded family and having lost family members over the years, the participants are different, but the family tradition is not lost. We continue to create memories to be treasured for years to come.


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Jeffrey Masich- Arizona Associate Broker,MBA &GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

What a wonderful story John Juarez and thank you for sharing it. I remember I wanted the 500 man toy soldier set from the Sears Catalog. My mother kept telling me there were too many pieces and the soldiers would be all over the house. I wanted it so badly. The pictues in the catalog were enticing. I didn't think it would come, but Santa delivered! I was happy. By the way, my mother was correct the soldiers did end up all over the place. 

Dec 29, 2017 10:05 AM #1
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

John Juarez Santa had to come to our house on 12/20 this year, because the local store Santa bought a gift certificate for is closing 12/31 and Santa wanted to make sure my son got to the store before all the good stuff was gone. My son was disappointed that the certificate wasn't delivered on Christmas the way it's supposed to be!

Dec 29, 2017 11:11 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Parents play tricks and that is part of the fun and making memories. Thanks for sharing your story, John. Have a Happy New Year.

Dec 29, 2017 02:52 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

John I can see why this would be so memorable for you, I would never forget a Christmas like that either:)Endre

Dec 29, 2017 08:22 PM #4
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hello John -- wow, I can feel your wish, disappointment, hope, disappointment, and finally joy!!! No wonder that's a Christmas memory you'll never forget!

Dec 30, 2017 11:12 AM #5
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thank you for your comments. Christmas memories are always special but that one really have stood out for me over the years.

Dec 30, 2017 12:04 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

John- how cute that your whole family shared in the surprise!!!!  This says a lot about the love in your family!

Dec 30, 2017 12:31 PM #7
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

John, I love the fact that adults are excited about Christmas as the kids.  Enjoyed reading your post.

Dec 30, 2017 01:32 PM #8
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

I read this to my granddaughter tonight and am SO glad you got your bicycle for Christmas that year. Happy New Year, John!

Dec 30, 2017 06:16 PM #9
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

What a wonderful Christmas story.  Those kind of memories are what make Christmas special.

Mar 06, 2018 10:21 AM #10
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