We Wish You A Merry FrankmasBeth Anne Ballance
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My kid is obsessed with Cars the movie and his favorite scene is Frank the Combine, all roaring and huffing like a bull when McQueen and Mater go tractor tipping. When we found out that Disney would be re-releasing a die cast Frank with three tractors as a set, we knew we had to have it for Christmas for Harrison. But they sold out in an hour online and an hour later, re-release Frank started showing up on ebay for 3-4 times the price. Then I fired off a letter to the main Ebay seller and a had a war of words and it was all very tenth grade. But then my friend’s friend found one in New York City, mailed it down to us, and Frank the Combine sat on the top shelf of my closet until Christmas. (you can read the long version here.)
My husband and I tucked Harry into bed and then snuck down to play Santa, where we lovingly placed Frank and tractors by the fireplace.
Except then Harry woke up in tears on Christmas morning, terrified that a stranger (aka Santa) had come into his house that night.
When we finally calmed him down, he came bounding down the stairs and skidded to a stop in front of the fireplace. “OH!” he said, his eyes growing wide. “Santa brought LOTS.” I giggled and my husband laughed and we waited for him to take it all in. Harry looked up at me and asked, “Is that Frank?!” like he could barely believe it. He fell to his knees and I opened the box for him and for the first fifteen minutes of Christmas, we tipped die cast tractors.
It was the most magical part of the morning.
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