“Do you know what?” Becca asked, turning her attention to Dane.
“Santa Claus will be here soon.”
She nodded her head. “Yep, and he brings lots of presents for everybody.”
“Yes, he does.”
“We’ve been reading Christmas stories,” Jules explained. “Becca is learning about Santa’s workshop and his reindeer.”
“Wow. How many reindeer does Santa have?”
Becca held up both hands with one thumb bent across her palm. “Nine!”
“Nine? I thought there are only eight.”
Becca shook her head and laughed before she recited all of their names, “Comet, Cupid, Dasher, and Donner, and Dancer, Blitzen, and Prancer, and Vixen, and Rudolph in front!”
“Which one is Rudolph?”
“He’s the one with the red nose, silly!”
Their waitress, Annie, arrived with their drinks. “Your lunch is almost ready. I’ll bring it to you shortly.”
Dane thanked her, then turned his attention back to Becca. “Have you seen Santa and told him what you’d like for Christmas?”
The smile Becca gave him made his heart melt. “I want a doggie, and a pony, and more books.”
“I told Becca that Santa couldn’t bring a puppy with him on his sleigh. It’s too long of a trip for a puppy. The same goes for a pony.”
“You want a doggie? What kind?”
Becca needed no encouragement to talk about her dream dog. “He is white and brown, and he has long floppy ears.”
“Yep. And he has a long waggly tail. And he has short legs.”
“Is it a Basset Hound?”
Becca shrugged her shoulders.
“Jules, do you know?”
“It could be. I don’t know where she got the idea. Becca knows not to expect a lot of presents from Santa. He has all the children in the world to give presents to.
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