Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Magic of Christmas


I was *this close* to spilling the beans about Santa Claus.  Truly.  *This close*.

It was completely selfish, too.  Bottom line: I'm tired of Santa getting the credit for all the good stuff.  (Although, he's also getting a little bit of the blame for not having given Drew an iPad yet...he's asked for one the last four years, for cryin' out loud!)

Then I thought better of it, and decided that instead Mom and Dad are giving the good stuff and Santa can give the less thrilling stuff - like the books and the fleece tie blankets.

But then.  We made our visit to see Santa and what do the boys ask for from him?  The good stuff.  Of course.  

And it dawns on me ... I can't spoil the magic.  I need to hang on to it for as long as I can.

Yes.

They're only children once, and for far too short of time (or at least that's what people tell me). :P

And eventually they'll know.  They'll know if was us who gave them the good stuff.  And hopefully, by then, the "good stuff" will be knowing how deeply, how achingly, loved they are.

{I have a hunch it won't be much longer, anyway, before Drew realizes the truth about Christmas and Santa Claus.  He's beginning to ask some really good questions.  Tonight, as we were setting out Santa's cookies, Reed also wanted to set out some carrots for the reindeer.  I told Brad to grab nine - one for each reindeer - and Drew said we only needed eight.  We named them all and discovered that, in fact, there were nine, to which Drew said "Rudolph isn't real!"  For him, believing in a red-nosed reindeer is too much.  Bingo, our house elf, on the other hand - we were given proper instructions the first year he arrived, that on Christmas Eve, before he flies back to stay at the North Pole until next year, the kids were finally allowed to touch him to say goodbye.  Drew wouldn't do it.  Too afraid that Bingo's magical powers would disappear if he touched him (as Bingo's book clearly states), he declined the offer to give Bingo a farewell hug.  But he did say goodbye, with a clear request that Bingo bring back yummy food again when he returns next year!}


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