I believed in Santa for a long time and could not wait for the day I had a child of my own and would be able to awaken the magic of Santa Clause.
“Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.” – The Santa Clause
Truthfully, I believed in Santa Clause until I was 10 years old. When my Mom finally told me she was Santa, I sobbed in her arms as my heart broke. I had argued for years Santa Clause was a real man delivering presents to all the good girls and boys of the world.
I wrote Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny countless letters, asking them to show proof of their existence. But on one sad day, in a matter of a minute, the magic of my childhood vanished.
I knew when I had a child of my own, I would be able to awaken the magic of Santa Clause.
Brandon is just as enthusiastic and plans to get himself a Santa costume one Christmas. This year Annabelle surprised us with her knowledge and awareness of the big guy in the red suit. She honestly believes Bernard the Elf flies home to the North Pole every night to report to Santa Clause. The look of amazement on her face shows her surprise when he moves each day.
Last year we brought Annabelle to meet Santa Clause at Avalon. The experience was out of the world – we were greeted by name by a woman who could have easily been Mrs. Clause and ushered into Santa’s living room. Santa was perfect – from his beard, to his jolly voice, I couldn’t have imagined a better man for the role. Of course she was scared, and we ended up on Santa’s bench too – but it was a wonderful memory we will never forget.
We made an appointment two months ago for Annabelle to visit Santa at Avalon again. We knew showing up without one could be disastrous, nor would we receive the same personalized visit. The wait to visit Santa without an appointment was three hours yesterday… I felt bad for all the families who were turned away!
The Magic of Santa Clause
Brandon and I talked with Annabelle about visiting Santa for a whole week in preparation for the big day. We didn’t want her to be scared of him! We looked at pictures of him and she saw him while I was watching The Santa Clause.
I picked out a special dress for the occasion from Etsy. Annabelle took an extra long nap before our appointment. When she woke up, we all sat down to write Santa a letter describing Annabelle’s wishes for this Christmas. I am happy we wrote a letter. Annabelle was in so much shock she was actually with Santa she couldn’t speak! One would have thought by the way she was acting before, she would be dancing all over the room.
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Meeting Santa Clause is MAGIC
Brandon filmed her entire visit on our video camera and I am so grateful we did! Pictures are wonderful, but someday we can show her how scared she was of her favorite man! She didn’t cry or run away at all – she actually climbed right into his lap and seemed very relaxed. He warmed up her cold hands and talked to her about being a good girl this year. He tickled her to make her smile and then they read the letter she wrote him together.
The magic of Santa Clause is contagious.
We all left Santa’s House with a skip in our step and glimmer in our eye. She actually woke up this morning asking if Santa had come early. I explained she still has a few more days to show Santa what a good girl she can be.
In the future, I will give Annabelle a photo album of all her visits with Santa. When she finds out he isn’t responsible for gifts under the tree, I will explain that Santa IS real. Santa is just not real in the way most people believe. The magic and wonderment of Santa Clause brings joy to people all over the world. Santa is real in the same way that love is real. We can’t see it, feel it, touch it, or explain it; we just know love brings us joy in our hearts.