Do you remember when you first found out the ‘truth’ about Santa Claus? I was probably one of the last of my friends to actually succumb to the reality. I can remember being on the large soccer field at my elementary school in California and arguing passionately with the other kids about the existence of Santa Claus. I tried to explain to everyone how I had seen this television program where they discussed the Santa sitings that had occurred at the north pole. Why didn’t they believe me? I mean I had concrete evidence. I was absolutely convinced that the other kids had it ALL wrong. Which was fine because I knew that if you didn’t believe, then you certainly were not going to end up on the ‘nice’ list, and that was fine because perhaps Santa would just drop off all those non-believers presents at my house.
My brother and I used to wake up really early in the morning on Christmas. He would come and lay in my bed with me while we waited until the clock said 6:00AM (which was when we could go into my parents room). We would lay there quietly, starring at each minute go by on the clock and try to fall asleep. We never could fall asleep because our hearts were racing with the thoughts of Santa actually coming to our house. And I swore I heard jingle bells on the roof.
I don’t remember the exact moment when I found out, but I can distinctly remember the very first Christmas where I knew the ‘truth’. I just sort of felt sad, like the magic and excitement had been taken away. It was almost like I was mourning the loss for this person I once knew. Now, don’t get me wrong, Christmas has always been an amazing holiday in my family, but things just didn’t feel the same that first year, something was missing. Of course as the years passed, the holiday took on an entirely different meaning.
So what has me thinking about the magic of Christmas? Well, this is the first year that my kids are really, really into the idea of Santa Claus…….especially my 3.5 year old, Savannah Rose. Yesterday we had a big discussion about the naughty and nice list and many other aspects of Santa Claus. So far I have received all kinds of questions from her:
~Is Santa still up on our roof?
~Where does Santa live?
~What kind of clothes do the elves wear?
~How long does it take to get to the north pole?
~Is it always snowing at the north pole?
~Can I go to the north pole?
~Why can’t I go to the north pole?
~Can I ride in Santa’s sleigh?
~Who takes care of Santa’s reindeer?
~Do you think Mrs. Finkler (her preschool teacher) will be on the naughty or nice list?
Chatting with Savannah about all these different questions has brought back a sense of magic and wonder that I can feel in our house. I can remember the excited feeling I once had thinking about Santa Claus and I guess our own kids have a way of bringing that back out in us. The innocence of a child is a beautiful thing and I feel so blessed to be able to experience the complete magic and wonder surrounding Christmas with my children. Yes, someday they too will find out the ‘truth’, but those years and years of excitement are certainly worth it!