I Believe!

Good morning!

Who has their tree up and who has visited Santa has been all the buzz in Miss Marilyn’s class the last several weeks. These are three year olds, mind you.

I’ve done neiher. 😦

How many of you have:
a) Gotten the fake prelit tree box out of the closet.
(That involves removing the presents I’ve stuffed in the closet first. But, I’m on it! Very soon!)
b) Cut your own live tree down.
(Overachiever.)
c) Decorated your tree.
b) Taken your child or grandchild to see Santa this year.
c) Gone to see Santa yourself this year.
(I want to!)
d) Feel like you are Santa this year.
(Overindulged at those holiday parties, joined the “gray is the new black ” hair club, or seem to have a never-ending list of gifts to have ready before Christmas. )
(Me! Scales at recent doctor’s visit confirmed it.)
e) None of the above.

I always took my 3 daughters to see Santa. We used to use the photos for our annual Christmas letter. Yes, I wrote a Christmas letter rather than just sent out cards at Christmas, imagine that! I’d dress them up in the frilliest girly girl dresses and bows I could find!  And made them match when I could get away with it. Bribes were usually involved. So much for the Christmas spirit. They hated it! 😦 And I ruined them for life. None of them are very girly girl fashionistas.

As they got older we started taking family pics with Santa. All five of us! Poor Santa! 😦 

I miss those days!
To reminisce over two decades of pictures from the 1980’s to the year 2000 is priceless! The big hair, the different colors of hair, the bell bottoms, one child always seemed to be the naughty one that year in the picture. The Griswold’s had nothing over us!

As for me, I believe!

I’d love to sit on a jolly gray haired man’s lap and tell him what I want for Christmas this year! A man that is so in tune with me that he knows if I’ve been naughty or nice. 🙂 Oh well, wishful thinking.

At our house, if you didn’t believe, Santa didn’t come. There was a 10 year age difference between my oldest and youngest.  No stocking, no Santa gift for you.  Sounds like a version of the Seinfeld Soup Nazi episode. 🙂 My 3 daughters still all believe.

Who doesn’t love the Ho Ho Ho of Santa?  And the concept that a jolly man will make all your material wishes come true. But, let’s also believe in the true meaning of Christmas. A baby born in a manger who came to bring us more than just material things, but eternal ones.

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Even Santa believes!

May this Christmas season bring you all love and joy and hope and peace and everything you believe in. And for those that believe in Santa, don’t forget to leave out the cookies! 🙂

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.
Acts 16:31

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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