My Kids Know I’m Santa, and I’m Okay With That

The one thing I thought I had a chance at getting this Christmas was for my kids to believe in all of the magical elements of the holiday for one more year. Santa Claus. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The Elf of the Shelf. But, since kids sometimes have a way of doing the very opposite of what we want, that wish is now the one thing I know I won’t be receiving. And, much to my surprise, I am okay with that. ...more

I Don’t Want My Kids to Believe in Santa

Maybe I should re-title this, “Bah Humbug.”...more

Starting Christmas Early This Year

I love Christmas. This isn't news to anyone who knows me. My birthday is very close to Christmas and your birthday and Christmas are the two best things EVER when you're a kid - so like every other kid who celebrates them, a love of my birthday and Christmas is something I've had with me since, well, forever. I just never grew out of it. ...more

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE – DAY 6 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” made the list on its name only. I don’t remember watching this one as a child and therefore no nostalgia is attached. I watched it yesterday to prepare for the blog and was left unimpressed. Here’s my take:_______________________________________...more

We believe

I realize at the ages of 8 and 6 years old the time our girls believe may be limited before someone or something alerts them to the realization of what may be real during the Christmas season.  Our intent when this does occur is to keep the belief alive with the magic of the season.We watched the movie Elf recently and my eldest had to read all the credits to see who was Santa, thankfully they listed Santa :)  For now, our girls still believe in Santa Claus and our Elf on the shelf, Earl. Their excitement for this season bubbles over and out....more

10 Santa Claus Crafts You Can Create

Did you just see something dressed in red dash through your craft corner? Is that you, Santa Claus? It is! Here are 10 Santa crafts you can make this holiday season. ...more

Yes, There is a Santa Claus: Enabling My Son's Belief Even When I'm Over It

I expected this to happen sooner or later.  After all, Diego is 9 years old and how much longer could I really expect him to buy into the Santa Claus thing? He really wants to be a believer in all the holiday fantasies.  He enjoys the magic of all of it. He even had me enabling his beliefs when I ran out on St. Patrick's Day and bought him green gifts so he would think the leprechauns really did visit....more

Up On The Rooftop...

Throughout December, I read with great interest a variety of different views on the Santa myth. I found all the reasons given for the various choices regarding Santa--pass the traditional myth down, debunk it, let the kid kind of decide--fascinating and thought provoking. Now that Christmas is safely over, though, I think it's only fair that I tell you all that I am in possession of conclusive evidence: Santa exists and...he's a vampire....more

YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS

In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon lived in New York City. She wrote this letter to the New York Sun. Dear Editor:I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in the Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, Is there a Santa Claus? ...more
What a lovely letter. Very sweet, thoughtful and tender. :) ~Virginiamore

Hurry Christmas, Hurry Fast!

"Christmas, Christmas time is near. Time for toys & time for cheer. We've been good, but we can't last. Hurry Christmas, hurry fast..." Friends, I tell you with all certainty, I'm living the live action version of The Chipmunks' Christmas song right now....more
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