Gone are the days of babies and toddlers around here.
My oldest is in second grade and will be 8 in a few weeks.
Though he’s still my little boy, he does so much on his own and doesn’t want anything to do with things he deems “for babies.”
Soon he’ll think himself too big for snuggling up with his mama or getting a kiss at school drop-off.
All us mamas know that time goes way so fast.
For now, I want to enjoy his little boy-ness.
And that includes his belief in Santa.
While it’s not our focus at Christmas, there is something magical about the idea of Santa Claus.
Thinking that someone really can make all those toys for the good boys and girls in the world and get them delivered all over the world in just one night in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer.
It’s believing that he does know just want you want and will bring you something special.
Imagining just how he’ll sneak into your house to drop off your gifts.
Wondering if he really eats all those cookies and if his reindeer liked the food you left for them out on the lawn.
The first waking thought on Christmas Day, before even opening your eyes, “Santa came!” and the race to the tree that now has gifts surrounding it.
Joy and magic.
But my oldest… he’s in the same grade I was in when I found out there is no such thing as Santa.
Is this our last year with all of our boys still believing in the magic of the season?
Christmas is so much more than just Santa, I know. But even still, finding out that Santa is just a story and that the presents just make their way from mom and dad’s hiding spot to under the tree instead of from the North Pole… it dims the magic.
A magic that can be found again, years later, in the faces of your own children as they light up at the sight of Santa’s visit.
But in the meantime, the magic fades.
I’m not ready for that here.
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