It feels like we are living on the cusp of of a big change in our life as a family. Our oldest is in grade 8 (she is 13 years old), our middle child is 11 years old and our youngest is 9 years old. My husband and I wondered how this Christmas season would change for us and so far nothing has changed... magic is definitely in the air and it makes my heart happy. Don't get me wrong, I am sure the doubts are swirling around. I feel like our middle child has such a strong belief in magic and wants to believe that he just carries on and questions very little despite what the word on the street is at school and on the bus. Our youngest is very much a believer right now as well. Our oldest has always questioned more but we just carry on, talking very little about what's real and emphasizing the magical part of the season. She was 9 years old when she started asking questions and after a few silent tears from me, I told her that magic lives in our home and believing is a choice. Santa Claus, the North Pole, Reindeer and our Elf are just part of what Christmas is anyways. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus and that will always remain the centre of our Christmas celebrations.
They each wrote their letter to Santa and Jean and Alex got a swift reply:
It's wonderful to see a personal note at the bottom that relates to their own letter... thank you to all of Santa's elves that take the time to reply to each letter sent to the North Pole. We are still waiting on the third reply but that letter was sent later than the first two.
Alvin the Elf came into our life quite a few years ago before the elves decided to be in so many homes. He arrives on December 1 each year and in the mornings he comes back from the North Pole and finds himself in different predicaments. This little guy is our link to the big guy and Jean and Alex are always excited to find him each morning after they wake up. On this day he got into the laundry soap area and got himself in a mess (a nice smelling mess though).
December can be a very busy and full month. We try to do as much as possible with all the Christmas preparations and extra events that happen. I sometimes have to take a step back and watch the magic and excitement in our children's eyes and remember how times will change very soon. This year the kids wanted to decorate early so we got a fake but beautiful Christmas tree and we had our living room all decked out earlier than usual but the kids want to participate because it's important to them. I know that someday I will be decorating by myself possibly so I want to savour these moments.
As I sit here and write this, early in the morning, I wonder where Alvin the Elf is (my memory fails sometimes) and if he will bring a small smile to the little faces here. Ah yes... hopefully she will open her eyes and see him from where she wakes up. Tee hee...