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Christmas Eve is tomorrow!!! (insert Jaw's theme music here.) Sorry I had to be one of those people who reminds you of tight timelines. This year I will be spending Christmas WAYYYYY up in Northern Alberta with my family. My sister's family will be absent, which means we will all get to sleep past 8:00am.

Let me tell you about my Christmas mornings as a child. My sister is an early riser and can function on very little sleep. My Mom is kind of like this too but my Mom only does this when she has to, my sister seems to thrive on it. From as early as I can remember there was one Christmas morning rule in our house. And that was if you are awake before 7:00am do not wake anyone else! After 7:00am, it's fair game. This rule was only for my sister really. My sister and I shared a room growing up and it seems she only understood part of this rule. She would be awake at 5:00am SOMETIMES EARLIER every Christmas morning. She knew she should not wake Mom and Dad or my brother so she would wake me up and whisper "Christi, let's go check if Santa has come!"

I would say "Fine," roll out of bed with her leading me by the hand because I can't open my eyes for the first half hour of being awake. We would go into the living room, I would peek out of one eye and see that Santa did indeed come and that was good enough for me. I would have been completely content to head back to bed at this point but my sister would beg and plead with me to stay up. She would even make me a little bed on the couch which I would crawl into and then she would proceed to SORT the presents. I would nod off and she would sort into different categories, mix them up again and start all over. She would point out every present that was addressed to me to keep me from going back to sleep.

Then by 6:30am she would drag me off the couch and say "Let's wake everyone up by playing Christmas Carols. I'll play the piano, you sing!" Wow sounds like the perfect early morning activity...to my sister. She would get out her sheet music, we would decide on a song and then guess what, more waiting because it would now be 6:35am. I would go back to the couch and say "Call me at 6:55am." My sister would sit at the piano and practice without hitting the keys. Then at 6:55am my sister would call me over we would watch the clock and right at 7:00am she would start pounding out Jingle Bells and I would be singing at the top of my lungs.

At ABC Head Start our Community Coordinator is like my sister. While all of us are powering down and getting ready for the Winter Break, she is running around truly enjoying the season. Because it is at this time that we receive so many thoughtful gifts, donations and reflections from the community and the staff. This year has been an overwhelming year with so many people reaching out to ABC Head Start. Just this week we had someone walk through the door from Tee Up For Tots, a celebrity golf tournament in Edmonton, and hand us a cheque for $35 000!! Rio Terrace church provided families with food hampers, One World Montessori Preschool provided pyjama's as well as a donation of $1800, another donor provided wrapped Christmas gifts to one of our sites. The list goes on and on including around $2000 worth of donations through Canada Helps, our "Donate Now" button on our website. Just this morning an individual called and donated 5 sets of tickets to the World Junior's Hockey Championship. We cannot even begin to thank everyone for being so generous and supporting ABC Head Start through donations, gifts and your time. The outpouring of support from this community not only makes me proud to work for ABC Head Start but also proud to be part of the generous community that is Edmonton.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

ABC Head Start will be closed from December 24 until January 10 inclusive. That means this blog will also be on holidays. Check in with us in the new year for more exciting stories, news and events.

ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity which has been committed to promoting and supporting strong children, families, and communities in Edmonton for over 30 years. We know that by giving children the best possible early learning and development opportunities in life, we ensure the future well-being and prosperity of our families and communities.