The holiday festivities were full-on the year our oldest son brought his newly married wife home for her first Christmas away from her own family. The house was stuffed with Christmas; cookies to decorate, tons of food, friends visiting, wrapping paper messes, frantic last minute shopping typical with a family of lots of boys. She had only visited our home briefly once before and it was completely different then what she was used to. But she seemed to be determined to join in the family fun. She went along when we decorated trees at night in the freezing cold on winter solstice so the animals had some treats. She rang her bell on cue when we caroled to friends. She held her candle and sang at the town sing-along. But the “princess and the pea test” happened unexpectedly on Christmas Eve just before the magic of the night begins. We all got in our PJ’s after reading the true Christmas story in the Bible, then jumped on the newlywed bed to share the traditional bedtime story tradition; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. After the story the two newlyweds climbed under their covers. But then all of the new little brother-in laws climbed under the covers along with them. There were a total of five snuggling close in a queen size bed; one brand new sister-in-law, the new husband, and three little brothers who were completely smitten with her.(Not little anymore)
They told her that it was tradition to all sleep together on Christmas Eve.
And do you know what she said?
Then scooted closer to her husband to make more room in the bed.
We took a photo.
Then the boys started laughing, jumped out of the bed and retreated into their own rooms so they could wake up before dawn to see what Santa brought.
If there was a test to pass that night, she did with flying colors!