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Christmas
It's five o'clock Christmas morning. I am six years old, and my brother is three. We are whispering back and forth to each other about what might be waiting out in the family room for us, and we are trying desperately to stay in bed for at least another hour. We have already been to our parents' room once.
"Go back to sleep," my mother whispered.
"Listen to your mother," my father said.
My brother is sure that he heard Santa's reindeer land on the roof.In my memory, this is Christmas. The anticipation of children waiting to be set free from their beds by sleepy parents so they can see what Santa brought them. My brother sneaking in and out of our bedroom, getting closer and closer to his goal each time.
"He ate the cookies!" he reports.
Making cookies for Santa was part of the build up, and every year there was a question as to whether or not he had actually been down our chimney. It wasn't the extra presents that sealed the deal. It was the cookie crumbs left on the plate by the fireplace and the empty glass of milk. Once we had determined that the cookies were gone, there was no turning back.
There is a soft knock at the door. My brother flings it open and flies past my mother who is standing in the hallway in her blue terrycloth robe. I hug my mom and follow him. The tree lights glow red, green, and blue.
The angel made from my mother's wedding dress material looks down on us from her perch on the top of the tree.I can smell coffee brewing as I separate the presents.My brother plays with a plastic robot.
It is Christmas morning.
What is your family's special tradition?

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Christmas

It's five o'clock Christmas morning. I am six years old, and my brother is three. We are whispering back and forth to each other about what might be waiting out in the family room for us, and we are trying desperately to stay in bed for at least another hour. We have already been to our parents' room once.
"Go back to sleep," my mother whispered.
"Listen to your mother," my father said.
My brother is sure that he heard Santa's reindeer land on the roof.In my memory, this is Christmas. The anticipation of children waiting to be set free from their beds by sleepy parents so they can see what Santa brought them. My brother sneaking in and out of our bedroom, getting closer and closer to his goal each time.
"He ate the cookies!" he reports.

Making cookies for Santa was part of the build up, and every year there was a question as to whether or not he had actually been down our chimney. It wasn't the extra presents that sealed the deal. It was the cookie crumbs left on the plate by the fireplace and the empty glass of milk. Once we had determined that the cookies were gone, there was no turning back.
There is a soft knock at the door. My brother flings it open and flies past my mother who is standing in the hallway in her blue terrycloth robe. I hug my mom and follow him. The tree lights glow red, green, and blue.

The angel made from my mother's wedding dress material looks down on us from her perch on the top of the tree.I can smell coffee brewing as I separate the presents.My brother plays with a plastic robot.

It is Christmas morning.

What is your family's special tradition?

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Hello @Joy,


I will do my best to help you understand the sentences you mentioned in your comment:

1) "It wasn't the extra presents that sealed the deal" - meaning, the fact that someone was given some extra gifts/presents didn't have any influence on the deal the people were making. For example, it could have been a man sending a woman gifts to ask her to be his partner, she would have chosen to date him whether he sent gifts or not.


2) "Once we had determined that the cookies were gone, there was no turning back" - meaning, once the people in the situation had noticed there were no cookies left, they had noticed Santa had eaten the cookies therefore the excitement of it being Christmas Day couldn't be contained any longer.


I hope this is helpful to you,

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Liqiang Zhu
Friday at 7:45 am
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i think it is a little bit hard for me to hear but is ok for me to read them! there are several vocabulary unknown!

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BO
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I will use this material to sharpen my listening skill. very fantistic listening material.

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Joy
Thursday at 11:41 am
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Hi

I don't quite understand this sentences

1) "It wasn't the extra presents that sealed the deal."

2) "Once we had determined that the cookies were gone, there was no turning back"

Could you please explain?


Thank You

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Analyn
Thursday at 1:17 am
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Hi maam im analyn sumanda from Philippines i am new here i want to learn more english cause i have english only a little bit hope.you did help me thank u...i am only elementary

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