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It is past Thankgiving, time to think about Christmas

Postby jar » Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:18 pm

So let's talk about Santa.

When I was a little child I was taught that Santa brought presents.

As I grew older I was taught that now I was to become Santa.

I believe in Santa, have experienced Santa.

Did I teach my daughter about Santa, even fool her?

Yup.

I remember one Christmas. She was in the first grade and when Christmas rolled around she told me that "Santa is not real, just made up. It's just parents that bring presents."

We were going off over Christmas, visiting relatives. As we got ready for the trip I had her gather the presents from under the tree and load them into the car. I made her go back and check to make sure we got everything, to make sure all the lights were out except for the hall light, check the other doors to make sure they were locked and gave her the keys to lock the front door.

Christmas morning came and she rushed to see her presents, the "My Size Barbie" She had wanted ALL HER LIFE from Mom and Dad, some dress up clothes from her aunt, a glitter makeup kit Mommy would never let her have but that Daddy got for her and Cinderella's Glass slippers that Daddy said she was too young to wear but Mommy said made her look tall.

Finally there was nothing left under the tree but one envelope, addressed to her. In it was a letter from Santa Claus. He wrote that he did not know she was going to be away and had already left her present at her house under the tree. It would be there for her when she got home.

The next few days were amazing. A million questions where all I could say was "I don't know how, but I'm sure if he said it he will do it." The trip home seemed to take forever and when we pulled into the driveway, she rushed to peek in the window. There, around the tree, were three grownup bikes, a Blue one for Daddy, a Green one for Mommy and a bright red bike with no training wheels and hand brakes and a shifter and new helmets and knee pads and it was all there and "Where is the key Daddy? Hurry, hurry."

Kids grow a bunch between first and second grade and as the next Christmas rolled around, my much older now daughter plopped in my lap and asked "How did you do that last year?"

I explained how I had the neighbors put the bikes in after we left and that one of her aunts wrote the letter and asked her if she remembered how good it felt?

She did. And she hugged me.

Then she asked, "Am I old enough yet to be a Santa for some little kids?"

She was. And she did. And like every Santa before her she finally understood that it is not getting presents that is the real gift, but giving them.
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Re: It is past Thankgiving, time to think about Christmas

Postby jar » Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:55 pm

It's that time of year to bump this one yet again.

I hope you enjoy.

Merry Christmas to all.
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Re: It is past Thankgiving, time to think about Christmas

Postby jbviau » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:02 pm

Awww. Nice. Yup, our tree is decorated, and every night we're out looking at the displays people have put up.
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Re: It is past Thankgiving, time to think about Christmas

Postby jar » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:30 pm

Time for the annual bump. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas.
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Re: It is past Thankgiving, time to think about Christmas

Postby jbviau » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:47 pm

You, too! My son asked Santa for a Thor hammer this year.
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Re: It is past Thankgiving, time to think about Christmas

Postby jbviau » Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:56 am

Merry, merry!
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Re: It is past Thankgiving, time to think about Christmas

Postby VydorScope » Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:15 am

Ahhh cute story. One you will always have.
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Re: It is past Thankgiving, time to think about Christmas

Postby jar » Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:29 am

annual bump
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