Friday, December 23, 2011

christmas future

Ironically, as a child who loved to write, I never wrote letters to Santa.  I did believe in him at one point, but at an early age, I figured out that he was not real, and figured, why would I leave perfectly good cookies and milk out for someone that wasn't real?

My kids somewhat believe in Santa. Well, at least my younger one does.  I think they believe in the idea that somehow a gift is left near their "Cookies for Santa" plate, tagged “from Santa”.

I made these plates at a local "Paint Your Own Pottery" store.
One for each child...a boy and girl, of course!

However, the kids didn’t do the full deal this year…lining up to see Santa to get their picture taken with him (he scares my daughter), and then write a letter to him (“if Santa knows if we’ve been good or not, then why do we need to write to him?”…this is my son’s logic).  I even missed booking the Santa train ride where you get hot chocolate and cookies when he stops by to visit you during the ride.

{Recipe for this Chocolate Chip Cookie found here}

As my children get older, we don’t participate as much with all the Santa activities that come around this time of the year.  Yes, I know it’s not the “reason for the season”, but for young children, part of the magic of Christmas is the magic part.  The “Santa twinkles his nose, comes down a chimney and leaves you a gift if you’ve been good” magic.

I don’t think doing all that stuff takes away from the “reason for the season” but in fact, enhances it.  As long as they understand what they’re celebrating, how they celebrate really is all about the spirit of why you do things.

While the children are still young and innocent, my hope for Christmas future (at least for the next few innocent years), we can continue to attend church service, listening to miracle of Jesus' birth and embrace the celebration of our savior, and then come home, where the kids will leave their cookies and milk for Santa, leave out carrots for the reindeer, and say thank you, for celebrating Jesus with us by bringing joy and love to children everywhere.


  1. Those Santa plates are very cute and your tree is gorgeous! When the kids were little, we had lots of friends to celebrate the holidays with and there were always lots of activities, but everyone has moved away and things just aren't the same. Plus, my boys are 16 and 13 and have their own things going on. I guess that's why this year, I just didn't feel the need to go all out with the tree and decorations. Sure wish I could have found my holiday music though. I am feeling rather bah-humbuggish without it. :) Merry Christmas! Tammy

  2. PS. Cute picture of your kids with Santa. I like your son's logic about writing a letter to Santa. Sounds like something my 13 year old would say. :)

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