- Under no circumstances could anyone so much as look under the tree until all seven of us were awake.
- If you were up before 6 o'clock -- too bad if you couldn't tell time -- you could not make a noise that might awaken the beast.
- If you were up before 6 o'clock, you could get your stocking -- and your stocking alone -- down and have the contents.
- No earlier than 6 o'clock, coffee was to be made and brought to the master bedroom as a device to ease the awakening of the beast.
It never went well, awakening the beast on Christmas morning. Come to think of it, it never went particularly well awakening the beast on any non-work day morning. On Christmas morning, though, there were five brave kids ready to take on the mission of awakening Dad.
[Sunday Scribblings is all about being brave this week.]