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The Magic of the Season


The girls have many theories about Santa.  They mostly revolve around why there are so many Santas (at the mall, at restaurants, etc.) and how he couldn't possibly be in all those places at one time.  I love to listen to them discuss and analyze this.  I try not to chime in, but when I do, it is only to keep it all mysterious.  Kate has determined that one of these men is the real deal and all the others are helpers.  The problem, as she sees it, is that you don't know if you are seeing the man in charge or his delegate.  So you had better be good, she says.  I agree.

Jane isn't as worried about whether she is seeing a helper or not.  She has always loved The Polar Express and her teacher gave her a very special bell today.  She is testing everyone she sees.  She rings the bell and then says, "Do you hear something?"  "Yes, I do," I replied when asked.  Then she looked at me with a big smile and said, "You believe."  Yes. Yes, I do.  I believe.



I love this post. It brought back a memory from my childhood - my late childhood. I was "way too old" to still believe, but I did. I was getting teased like crazy at school, but I couldn't face the idea of Santa not being real. One night, about a week before Christmas, I was tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep with the weight of this issue on my mind. I crept downstairs in my pajamas and found my father. I had tears in my eyes when I asked him, "Is Santa real, Dad?" He held me and said, "Do you believe?" I answered, "Yes." He said, "I do, too," and from that day on, the question has been settled for me.


Such a sweet photo. My two kids have the same conversations about the real Santa versus his helpers. I do not look forward to the day when they discover the truth about Santa. Here's to innocence!


How sweet! Mine are still too young to really think about these things. I think I'll be sad when the day comes that they don't believe.

amy h

My dad always said he believed in Santa, and never, ever said differently. I liked that approach, and plan to do the same. I will *not* be doing the Santa phone-call bribes, etc. though. I'd like to just maintain the mystery.


oh so sweet. This post makes me smile big big big.

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