Christmas Surprise

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"Are you sure you can't sneak away just for a little bit?" I asked Jay on the phone.

"I'm so sorry, babe. You know I love your family, I just can't get away from work. My boss won't let me leave until this presentation is over."

"What if I offer to make him cookies or something?" I joked.

"I don't think that will work," he said like he was really considering it. "I have to go now but I'll talk to you later, okay?"

"Okay. I love you!"

"I love you too," he ended the call. I frowned at my phone like it was its fault that Jay couldn't come to my family's Christmas party.

"It's okay. It will still be super fun," I told myself as I got out of my car and slowly climbed the icy driveway of my great aunt's house. I pulled on the door handle of the extremely large door and was immediately greeted by loud bouts of laughter and the warmth from having such a full house. There were people upstairs and downstairs and children running through adults legs as to not get caught.

"Maddy! Maddy! Caden is trying to get me! Hide me please!" My little cousin shouted as her small legs carried her right to my arms. I twisted her around to my back and quickly took off my shoes so I wouldn't track snow into the house.

"Maddy is Halle hiding on your back?" My little brother asked after he had come around the corner.

"What? Why would you think that?" I teased.

"Because I can see her feet right there," he pointed near my stomach.

"You must be mistaken. These are my new arms. I just bought them. They're nice aren't they?" I smiled innocently but was soon ratted out by my little cousin's giggling. I quickly let her down and they ran off again throughout the house.

"Maddy! I'm so glad you could make it! Where's that cute guy of yours? I thought he'd be coming?" My grandma asked.

"He couldn't make it. His boss was being a bit harsh and he can't get out of work. He wanted me to wish everyone a merry Christmas for him though," I smiled, slightly sad I couldn't be with Jay right now.

"Well that's too bad. We'll have to see him some other time."

The rest of the night was pretty much the same. People asked me how I was, I told them I was doing great. People asked me where Jay was and I felt a little bit of my heart ache at not having him there. Soon it was time for Santa to arrive, though and that would hopefully help distract me. Every year at my aunt's party, she hired a Santa to come and give all of the grandchildren and parents a gift. A parent would shout that they saw Santa's slay fly to the roof and soon Santa would come in through the front door.

"Ho, ho, ho!" He bellowed as he came in. He sat in my great uncle's red chair and asked everybody how our Christmas was. The kids eyes glittered with wonder that Santa had come to see them personally and give them all a small toy.

Santa pulled the first present out of the bag which was a small, white box with a red bow on top.

"Madison?" He said over the excited whispers of the kids. I had been in the back and wandered up to him and sat on his knee.

"Have you been a good girl, Madison?" He asked. I looked at his eyes and felt like I knew them. He seemed so young to be playing a Santa.

"I think I have been," I said nervously, trying to remember where I had seen this man before.

"Well then I need you to stand up for a moment, dear." I stood confused and watched as Santa got down on one knee. I gasped in recognition as Jay slid the false beard off his chin and smiled up at me.

"Madison, you are the most amazing gift I have ever had the pleasure to receive. You're amazing and kind, and I love you wholeheartedly. Will you do me the honor of letting me become your husband?" He asked.

"Yes!" I cried and let him slide the ring onto my finger before hugging him and giving him a short kiss on the lips.

"Merry Christmas, my love."

"Merry Christmas to you too, Jay." I smiled.

"Well, I'm glad that went well for you Jay but I'm afraid I have some presents to hand out!" An actual Santa came up to us and pat Jay on the shoulder. He winked at us as we thanked him and sat down.

"Was that just clever or what?" My mom asked from the seat next to me.

"It was the best." I smiled at Jay and felt my heart be completely happy again.

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