My son has all of sudden stopped asking the logistical questions about Santa. All of a sudden, for the first time in 4 years, he believes with his whole heart that Santa is real. The other day, when writing facts about himself in media class (I am his media teacher right now, in case you didn’t know), he wrote: “Istill believe in Santa.”
Hmmmmm. Still??? That means he knows that it is possible to NOT believe, that means, that maybe, just maybe he knows. He knows the secret.
He came to me yesterday and said, “When is Cocoa coming?”
“I don’t know,” I replied.
“Yes, YOU do,” he insisted.
“No, I do not.”
Deep down he knows, I know. But I am not SAYING a word. Maybe he believes, maybe he wants it to be real, and I want it to be real for him as long as possible. At five, I found a gift. At five I knew, but I still believed. I ignored what I knew, because I wasn’t ready to give it up. I am not speeding up his process of knowing what he knows is true, until he tells me he is ready. When all kids are ready, they ask. (I never asked and I am not planning on it either.)
When he comes to me, and asks, I will talk to him from my heart. However, I have a secret too. I know I am in my 30s, a wife, a mother, and I have lived long enough to have the title of “grown up,” despite all of that, I believe in Santa. Yes, I do, I really do. Santa is more than the myth. He is more than presents. He is magic. I truly believe he exists, even if St. Nicholas is dead. I know that Jesus is the real Christmas miracle, and I teach that to my kids all year-long. However, God has sent people to Earth to continue to do His work. I believe in the power of faith. I believe in magic.
I believe that people are truly good, deep down, we ALL want to do the right thing. Even if your idea of the right thing is different from mine, I do believe that our cores are good. We can all BE good. If you think that makes me naive, so be it. I don’t care. I need to raise my kids in a world of hope, so I cling to it every single day.
I believe that we all want to give. I believe that all people want to give without strings, or rules. Not everyone can give as freely as others, however, I do believe it is a wanting and desire in ALL of us.
I believe in Christmas. I believe that no Christian intends to take the Christ out of Christmas and that all people who celebrate Christmas actually believe in God, even if they do not know it. How you believe is different from how I believe, but if we celebrate this religious holiday, we all believe it is true. Once again, you might disagree with me, but I don’t care.
I believe in miracles. I believe in magic. I believe in Santa. Most of all, I believe in God. I don’t ever want my kids to stop believing in the miracles at Christmas. We are a family that believes, and I don’t ever intend to change.
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