I Believe in Santa Claus

This is really silly, but I kind of believe in Santa Claus.

Wednesday morning, I was listening to 93.9 (WLIT...the station known for much of the year for its infamous host Dee-liii-lah). I've been pretty into the holiday spirit this year, shopping like crazy (you're welcome, economy), wrapping presents, baking, and trying to hit every holiday-themed event in the city (occasionally giving up midway through the day and getting the whole family into pjs in front of the fire). So Wednesday morning, as I was bopping to the Charlie Brown Christmas song and getting dressed, WLIT had SANTA IN THE STATION.

Santa sounded suspiciously young, but I chalked it up to the youthful exuberance I'd have, too, if I were him, spending my days around kids and elves, making presents, and eating cookies (confession: this is pretty much how my days have gone lately (less the elves)...and therein lies the source of my joooo-oooy!). Anyway, a little girl called in. She was probably four, tops, and so squealy I couldn't even distinguish her name. She was so excited to talk to old Saint Nick: yelling into the phone, promising him she'd helped around the house, sharing her Christmas list (by the way, I didn't even know they still made Polly Pockets, but I'm happy to hear they do...).

They spoke for about five minutes, and I was grinning from ear-to-ear the whole time, feeling a little giddy. When they hung up the phone, she said, "Merry Christmas, Santa, it was nice talking to you!" And I was just thrilled for her, that she got to talk to Santa Claus!

I did remember, shortly thereafter, that Santa Claus is less a big fat guy in a red suit than a concept, a philosophy that this time of year is about giving, joy, and a little bit of magic. And so I'm holding that with me, letting traffic jams serve as opportunities to listen to Michael Buble's version of "All I want for Christmas" just one. more. time. I bought books for all the kids in my sister's class and sent them anonymously (anonymous to the kids, not my sister). I helped S put her first dollar bill in a Salvation Army bucket. And I'm keeping her presents, which I've picked up for Santa Claus, not only hidden, but wrapped in different paper lest my 9-month-old think that we, her parents, wrapped her gifts and not Santa. This year is so fun, because I get to make the magic for her.

Tell me, blog readers, how do you make magic for your kids? And how do you celebrate the spirit of the season?

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  • I loved this post.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Thanks Jimmy!

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    This post made me tear up a bit. Christmas is all about magic and seeing it through a child's eyes is the most magical of all. I will spend Christmas this year with my own children (although they are hardly children anymore) and celebrate that as they get older, I can relive the wonder through the eyes of my grandchildren. And I can hardly wait!

  • My husband always loved to put out the milk and cookies, make foot tracks coming from the chimney and leave a note for my girls. They so totally believed it was Santa it was awesome. Love the magic that the season brings!! Now that they are grown, every year we spend a few days in the city taking in all the excitement and sights. It's our favorite time of year. Great post!

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    I love this time of year. People are happy and nice to each other, even on CTA. The one thing that I'm sure I will enjoy the most is helping S believe in Santa. My parents did that for me and I remember how exciting it was to know that Santa stopped by to pick up my Christmas list (born and raised in Poland, our Santa is a little different). I think my daughter enjoying Christmas will just keep bringing up those old memories, but I'm looking forward to the new memories more.

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