Bluffton Packet

December 31, 2013

Writer's Block: 'Behind the Scenes Santas'

It's 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 25 and the sun is barely dusting the morning sky with ambient light. Of course, Santa Claus has magically delivered those most prized wishes, laid out for immediate recognition, covering the living room floor, at the base of the most beautiful Christmas tree ever. The fireplace cradles the burning logs, which set the mood with warm, golden light. Last night's flat stockings are now bulging with candy, trinkets and treasures of little significance but delightful fun just the same. The coffee is brewing and emits the delicious smell of caffeine while the breakfast casserole bakes in the oven, set to be finished in exactly 45 minutes. Everything is absolutely perfect -- the stuff of which magazine covers are made. And, Santa did it all, magically, while the sleeping household dreamed of sugarplums and ...

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