The magic of Santa is still very real in our home. Our Elves on the Shelf have paid us yet another visit last week. Each of the kids have had fun conversations with their Elf, on what they hope Santa would bring for Christmas. If I could bottle up their holiday magic excitement, I would never let it go. As parents, our plates are overloaded with the hustle and bustle of the holiday hosting, cooking, and gifting, so its easy to forget that one day, soon, this magical stage of our children’s youth will be gone forever. We need to cherish each and every one of these special moments.
As a child, I stopped believing in Santa at a really young age. I can’t exactly remember who blew the whistle, but it was probably someone from school. I could remember speaking to my mom when I learned the truth, and she was very open and honest. As a big sister, I promised to never spoil it for my siblings. My mother recognized this, and made me feel special that I was in on it, and then responsible for keeping their magic alive.
On a number of occasions, Ryder has come home with questions about Santa. He still believes, but I know some kids spread their doubts about Saint Nick, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny. He hasn’t flat out asked if it was all fake, so until that day, the big guy in a red suit still has a real address in the North Pole.
I recently discovered a new book called Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough, that gets into the process of telling your children the truth about Santa. Inside the beautifully illustrated book, by Lee White, a little girl writes a series of letters to Santa, inquiring about the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, and of course, Christmas goodies. Year after year, Santa writes back, and heartwarming relationship develops, until one year, the girl writes to her mother instead: Mom, are you Santa? Her mother responds and says “No, she is not Santa.” The moms note goes on to write “Because Santa is bigger than any one person — we bring him out through kindness to one another and the power of imagination.” This transformative tale spins a universal childhood experience into a story about love, giving, and the spirit of Christmas.
One quote from the book had me in tears- mom says “Santa has help from the people whose hearts he’s filled with joy. I am on his team and now you are, too. Love, Mom.” I’ve been struggling with the idea of reading this with Ryder, but for now, I think I’ll tuck this one away one more year, at least. This book is truly a gift, and one that I will use when the time comes for each of my little angels. Keep believing my friends.
**Originally posted on December 8th 2017