When your child doesn't believe anymore

We have a thing in my family called the Valentine's Monster. This is what he looks like:...more

Yes, Veronica, There is a Santa Claus

"Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see."- Conductor Polar Express  Two years ago, when Veronica was in first grade, she started having doubts....more

Why I Want My Kids to Believe in Santa

For the past couple of years, my husband and I have wrestled with our presentation of Santa Claus to our young daughters.We have watched well-meaning Christian friends decide to forgo the tradition altogether.  We have hesitated to follow suit because we cherish our childhood memories of St. Nick but we are careful not to use Santa to control our children’s behavior....more

Lessons from Santa: Selfless Generosity

The past couple of years, my husband and I have wrestled with our presentation of Santa Claus to our young children, after watching some well-meaning Christian friends decide to forgo the tradition altogether.  We have hesitated to follow suit because we cherish our childhood memories of St. Nick but we are careful not to use Santa to control our children’s behavior....more

The Power of the Shelf Elf

I did something kinda bad last night.I made my kids cry, and deep inside, where my cockles are, it gave me a HUGE happy.They were being ROTTEN, and I WANTED them to cry.(Ok, in their defense, I didn't try to redirect them, or pay attention to them, or feed them, but STILL, acting like the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is no bueno.)So, the Elf on the Shelf, named Shredder, has a lot of power in my house. At least for a minute or two. Telling the kids that Shredder is going to tell on them helps keep them in check for about 56.8 seconds....more

Santa Gets Too Much Credit

As I'm looking through the 4,678,325 presents I've hoarded for my kids since June, I'm wondering why in the heck is Santa going to get all the credit? What has he done, really?Santa is fun, of course, and jolly. Oh, and he likes cookies, but who doesn't like cookies, really?...more

I Believe In Magic - Or At Least In Possibility

Every year, about this time, I always see several articles talking about all the reasons why parents choose not to embrace "the whole Santa thing." The reasons usually boil down to one of two things: either these parents are rejecting Santa because they want to focus their family's attention on the religious im...more

Mom Writes A Letter To Santa

 Dear Santa,...more

my break up letter to santa

Originally published on KalySullivan.com Santa, Santa, Santa. I’m not sure how much longer we can go on like this. I’m afraid that we’re just not good for each other anymore. Every year, I think it’s going to be different, but you don’t ever really change. ...more

Santa Needs a Xanax and a Camel Light

Santa may be in trouble folks.  I hear things are getting a little out of control up there in the North Pole.  In fact, as I sit here at five am, awake thanks to the stressful thoughts that wake me every morning at 4:30 AM from Thanksgiving until New Years,  Santa is up in the North Pole fighting a similar anxiety; he’s stressed out and losing sleep under the light of the Arctic stars....more
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