One of our favorite movies to watch together is The Polar Express. I love the animation, Tom Hanks and the story line in general ... the magic of Christmas lies in your heart....
In the middle of all of our Christmas madness and just returning from an exhausting trip to Walt Disney World with three kids ages 9, 8 and 2 and my mom, I realized how quickly I lose sight of the magic and the spirit of Christmas. Not to worry, I'm back in the spirit, having ditched my "bah humbug" attitude when I pulled up to my beautifully decorated home. It was secretly decorated (on the outside) while I was at work! The lights are beautiful! They are not only adorning the roof of the house this year, like they have in years past, but on trees and ornamental shrubs/trees, our three dormers and there are even wreaths on each of the windows in the dormers and on our front door. It is spectacular! I have a lot of work to do on the inside this weekend, but I'm sure I'll never get the inside as beautiful as the outside!
The title of my blog post today is: The Inevitable. DinoBoy and I have had talks about Santa over the years. To me, it's all the same. Santa is in our hearts. He is now 9 ~ and in the 4th grade ~ I knew it was coming but I still haven't admitted it. He has been in class with boys of the Jewish faith who do not celebrate Christmas, so we've had the "Santa talk" before - if you don't believe, you don't receive. Hence, his Jewish friend receives no gifts on Christmas. DinoBoy just told me that there is a boy on his bus, I'll call him ... Bruce ... who is a "non-believer." I guess he needed to tell me that because we're watching the Polar Express. I told him again - Christmas is in your heart and if you don't believe, you don't receive.
We also celebrate Jesus' birth and the spiritual side of Christmas. All three kidlets have their own nativity sets which come out around now - although SweeTart has been playing with hers throughout the year. They are respectful about their gifts, as much as any kid can be, I guess and donate to those who have less.
Do your children celebrate the Magic of Christmas with Santa?
Guess this post is all over the place ... it's all good ... it's my blog, right?