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365 Letters to Myself

December 8th, Yes, there is a Santa Claus...

Yesterday my almost 7-year-old granddaughter came home upset because another kid tried to tell her there isn’t a Santa. It feels so sad to me when this event, stage happens – because it shouldn’t and doesn’t have to.

Her mom, a HUGE Christmas fan, was equally upset and adamantly maintained there is and in the form of a man in a red suit. Firing off a strong worded email to the school. I was sharing my belief in him, as the spirit of Christmas, and that spirit can be this beloved image. It was what I told my boys, “He is a spirit, and it is ALWAYS more fun to believe, then not.” Just now I am recalling the time my 16-year-old son gave me a 'letter' to Santa, asking for tires! How awesome. The biggest challenge of him came, from this same son, with the request for an impossible to get gift, an autograph of an NFL quarterback – thanks to the spirit at work – it was achieved! Most often my boys' comments supportive of him or simply one of those things best left ‘unsaid’.

My oldest is becoming like his grandfather – who planned, waited all year to be Santa to our family. My youngest enjoys the Christmas Eve Santa antics of toy/gift assembly!

Of course, I couldn’t help but tell her, “Do not listen to others, in this house we believe.” The holidays are meant to be filled with magic, wonder, belief, childlike faith – my wish to all would be, that everyone could allow there to be a spirit, a moment of believing without seeing, that is real if you seek and embrace it.

Hmmm, he is as real as you want…day 145!

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