“I did good, huh, Mom, huh,” says Vinnie.
“You were amazing. Sister Janet told me after it was over that you helped Eileen, Alice, and Lori with their wisemen line.”
“I told Sister Janet you can’t have girls playing wisemen, Mom. Me and Tommy and Larry would have done a better job.”
“I disagree with you, Vinnie. A girl can play one of the wisemen just as well as the boys,” says Vinnie’s mom.
Vinnie’s dad interrupts the conversation, “How about singing Christmas carols? We can stop by the coffee shop and get hot chocolate or something. It was a good night.”
“Dad, do you think Santa noticed I saved the living nativity scene?”
Vinnie’s mom rolls her eyes.
Vinnie’s dad says, “Santa sees everything.”
“I guess he saw Eileen, Alice and Lori needed help from me. They probably won’t get many presents this year because they didn’t know their lines, right, Mom?”
“Drop it, Vincent,” says Vinnie’s mom.
“Drop what, Mom? I’m not holding anything. Are you talking to Dad? He’s not holding anything, either.”
Vinnie’s mom says, “Let’s not talk about the living nativity any more. Let’s sing a Christmas carol. I like Silent Night.”
“Mom? Mom? Mom?”
“I wish today were Christmas,” says Vinnie’s Mom.
“I don’t, Mom.”
“Why’s that, Vinnie,” says Vinnie’s dad.
“Dear, did you have to open that door?”
“What door, Mom? You’re not supposed to open the car door when the car is moving. Did you know that? Mom, what if there was a bad guy in here with a gun and the car was moving could I open the door then and jump out, could I, Mom?”
“Dear, can you drive a little faster?” says Vinnie’s mom.
“You don’t want Dad to get a ticket, do you Mom? I hope Santa didn’t hear you. Do you think Santa heard Mom, Dad?”
Vinnie’s dad glances at Vinnie’s mom and smiles, “Santa hears every word, Vinnie.”
“Don’t take his side. You boys always stick together,” says Vinnie’s mom.
Vinnie starts laughing.
“What are you laughing at, Vincent?” says Vinnie’s mom.
“That’s what I always say about girls, Mom. That was funny. Can we sing Santa Claus is coming to Town?”
Vinnie’s mom and dad joined in the laughter. Vinnie starts the singing, “Here comes Sanity Clog. Here comes Sanity Clog. …”
“That’s not how it goes,” says Vinnie’s Mom.
“I know, Mom. It’s how Joey and me sing it.”
“Oh, dear Lord, help me to get through Christmas,” says Vinnie’s mom.