Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It Was Probably The Last Christmas For Believing in Santa...


I do think it was the last year our family will be participating in this ritual. I was thinking about this as the kids set out the cookies, milk and their notes to Santa. Isabella obviously was just going along with the game and Max had brought up a few questions which revealed doubt was brewing, as the day approached. But hey, it's a system that has worked pretty well so far, so really...why mess with a good thing?!

Then after the kids went to bed my husband and I continued the traditions of the last 10 years, waiting until we were pretty sure they were asleep to quickly fill the stockings and bring out the packages from Santa. Wrapped in the paper bought and hidden specifically for these boxes, with tags carefully filled out, writing with my left hand. Oh, the extent one goes to when young children are in the house. But, they aren't so young any longer...

I was a bit sad to think next year we'll probably be celebrating with new rituals and traditions, ones that will fit their new wisdom. But at the same time, I think I'll be happy to welcome what comes next.

19 comments :

  1. Perfectly said Janell! It is sad to see the fantasy and magic dispelled, but the dawn of new traditions to take place of the old is truly wonderful. Enjoy it all.
    Cathy

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  2. Lovely post - it's crazy how fast change comes but it sounds like you are ready to embrace it!

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  3. It's funny you mentioned writing the tags with your left hand. When I was old enough to start noticing, the hand writing on Santa's tags was one of my first clues. But I kept my mouth shut. I didn't want to blow it for myself.

    I think anything that makes you realize your kids are growing up is bittersweet.

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  4. Mary, When Max woke up he commented and analyzed the handwriting, saying it was "swiggly" like an old person's handwriting...I thought that was pretty funny.

    Janell

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  5. This was the first year in my home that my son truly understood about Santa! It was so much fun! I know that he will grow out of it some day so I will enjoy these moments as I am sure that they will go by fast!

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  6. That is a sad milestone, Janell. I did all the things you did ~ different wrapping paper, writing with my left hand, I guess word just gets around in school or among friends and that doubt sets in. It's always fun to come up with new traditions though.

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  7. Just because they know the "truth" shouldn't be a reason to stop letting Santa visit. I lived the fact that my mom still went to all the trouble to be Santa even when my siblings and I were teenagers. Sure, we knew but we played along because that was the magic of it. After all, when we finally discovered the truth as kids my mom told us "Santa is in your heart. It's in the belief I magic and goodness.". I'll be sad when my kids find out (soon, unfortunately) but Santa will still be visiting our house until they move out. :)

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  8. My children are young, neither can read so handwriting is yet a problem, however I remember the first year I knew that Santa wasn't real. I did have younger siblings and of course I didn't want to ruin it for them but I do remember it all still being magical. Even to this day my mom still does her magic and keeps our long ago started traditions of Santa. I love that she does it, because even if I do know, I can still believe.

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  9. Oh, wow. What a milestone to think about that. My husband and I didn't sleep at all Christmas Eve so worried our five year old would somehow catch us or question something. We need all the tips we can get. I love the writing with your left hand!

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  10. We have a nine year old who is catching on pretty quickly to things now. We used the term "stocking stuffers" and he would comment why there were stocking stuffers if Santa brought that stuff. It's hard, he's the oldest and the two littler ones (6 and 1) have a few years to go for Santa. I just hope the oldest one can still play along.

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  11. My husband and I were talking about this Christmas Eve. Ours are only 4 & 6, but all it takes is that one kid to say something... and our oldest is a "thinker". It seems that everything happens so much faster now to. We are hoping we get many more years of "magic" and crazy Santa traditions. Merry Christmas!
    xo
    Danika

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  12. I think every parent must go thru this at some point. Last year, my husband and I thought our son "knew" but kept quiet, so we sort of had to tell him the truth when he caught us with the gifts, well, he did not take it so well, so to everyone out there who knows that their kids friend are starting to tell, let me just tell you to hold off until you think your child really knows. We are hoping our youngest still believes for another year, but, the questions are starting to come. Glad to hear Max is a believer still ;)

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  13. There is a special magic to Christmas with believing in Santa - I wish that feeling would last for them longer...

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  14. Just don't wait until two days before Xmas to dispel the lingering magic! Last week , we saw and heard a couple (who had sent the younger children off to the play land) break the news to a young boy (maybe 7 or 9ish?) just a few days before Christmas. Granted I don't know what circumstances may have prompted the late revelation, but it was heartbreaking to hear his quiet crying in a restaurant full of strangers. Our own little guy is approaching that age, and after witnessing this, we've vowed to have the "talk" many, many months before that Christmas (whichever one that happens to be). We almost blew it last year by wrapping the "Santa" presents in the same paper as the rest of the presents. Maybe that will ease the blow somewhat...my son gets a few gifts from Santa, but the majority come from us and grandparents.

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  15. Janelle, it does change when they don't believe any more-but some things get better!

    Before they turned into adults and moved out, we always had fun shopping together for an "Angel Tree" kid/family. Knowing that they/we can be Santa himself-that's pretty special to tweens :) and older kids, too.

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  16. I remember the bittersweet feeling of being where you are now. Even after our kids stopped believing, we continued to fill the stockings--sometimes with nice gifts and sometimes with silly/joke gifts. Our 3 kids are now in their 20's (one married with a child of his own) and they still look forward to the stockings, even more than the "real" gifts. It's been a great tradition!

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  17. To this day I still get presents from Santa! ;)

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  18. We are at the stage of Christmas were neither of my girls believe anymore. It does change things, but we don't spill the beans! Every gift is still a secret, wrapping paper is kept secret, stockings are stuffed, Christmas pj's are under the tree on Christmas Eve, cookies are left out with Thank you notes for gifts and caring!! It's all what you make it! I also made sure that both my girls understood as they each discovered that Santa was me and my hubby, that if they were to ever say a thing to anyone younger than them, there would be no "Santa" for them ever again! I would not allow my child to meanly destroy another child's joy!! To this day, neither has peeped a word. If you ask them right now they both will say that they "Believe in Santa"!

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  19. Hey Janell, it IS a sad moment when you realize they're onto you! Makes me teary too... BUT in our family we WILL keep up the ol' Santa's coming but with a wink and eventually when they ask we'll have to fess up, but it's cute to see our oldest teen play along with the little ones excitement of the great visit from Santa.... can't wait to read about your new traditions next year!
    xo
    Kate

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