“Is Santa Real?” Here’s a question all parents are hearing as we count down from weeks to days before the most exciting day of the year for a lot of children around the world. I have an 11 year old son and a 8 year old daughter who have obviously been talking about Santa as the excitement builds with Christmas morning arriving soon.
I still remember the the Christmas Eve my cousin Sherene was in my room looking out my window in hopes of seeing Santa Claus. She was much older and I had a hard time sleeping, as most kids do on Christmas Eve. Santa was en route so how could anyone sleep. All kids wish deep down that they might actually get a glimpse of Santa each year coming down the chimney and so we try our hardest to keep our little peepers open as long as we can. Sherene was looking out my window when all of a sudden she exclaimed“DO YOU SEE HIM, DO YOU SEE HIM!!” her eyes bulge open like saucers as she pointed into the sky way off into the horizon. I squinted with all my might and there he was Santa Claus being pulled in his sleigh by his 8 reindeer! I still remember the excitement that filled my entire being. Ahhh to be 7 again…pure magic!
My son asked me years ago if I believed in Santa and I told him my story once again. He smiles each time and I can tell by the look in his eyes he is swept up in the magic and spirit of Christmas. This year he asked me again, knowing what I was going to say ” If you don’t believe you don’t receive”. That wasn’t quite enough for him this year, he took it one step further as I thought he might at 11. He tried to put it back on me. He said okay Mom but when I have kids and they wake up really excited Christmas morning and you didn’t tell me it was you and there is nothing left for them under the tree it will be your fault!! I assured him there would be gifts under his tree for his little ones. He told me then that he too believed in the “Spirit of Christmas”. My 8 year old daughter on the other hand put it like this, she looked me straight in the eyes and said ” Are you Santa, not waiting for a response she carried on, cause if you are that would be really really disappointing” and she walked away.
If you have kids who are questioning the spirit of Christmas you need to watch “The Polar Express” , it will set everyone straight! When either of my kids ask me if I believe and I expect it to happen each year I take a moment and remember back the night I saw Santa in his sleigh with his reindeer in the horizon and I tell them that I believe because I saw him with my own two eyes. I was one of the lucky ones, and I know I am not alone. Christmas is about giving so this year make sure you do your share of giving to others in the Spirit of Christmas!
If you would like to track Santa this Christmas visit “Norad Track Santa” there are lots of fun things for kids to explore on this site! Another great site for kids is NorthPole.com. And if you want to find out if your on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list check out Santa’s Nice-o-Meter.