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A Little Faith, Goes A Long Way

"For me, this is a time of year that seeing the innocence in children is rejuvenating"

December is upon us. The lovely “winter” month of Christmas. A month filled with decorations, snow in some areas, carolers, trees, ornaments, Santa and his elves and the magic of this season for children everywhere. What I wouldn’t give to be a child again during December. I look back at my own childhood and have fond memories of putting out cookies on Christmas Eve for Santa and his reindeer and hoping I made it on Santa’s “nice” list (even though I think I made the naughty plenty of times). I remember writing my Christmas list and hoping Santa received it, understood it, and would grant me that new puppy I begged for each year.

Well, I never received that puppy. Yet I still had faith in Santa and believed in the magic of Christmas. I remember finding a large bell on the window sill when I was young. My mother told me it obviously belonged to one of Santa’s reindeer and it reiterated my belief that Santa was real and faithfully visited my home each year.

As we aged, most have come to the realization of Santa. Yet, children hold that blind faith in his existence and that faith, brightens the holiday far more than the lights strung around the tree. So why not do everything in your power to keep that going? We all know the day will come where children grow up and someone on the playground, in the family, on TV…inevitably creates that glimmer of doubt about Santa, the North Pole and all of his little helpers. Before that happens, capture these years where the children in your life believe in him. Endulge in it.

There are numerous ways to do this; setting out the cookies, dropping little hints, putting things in your home or around it that provide evidence that Santa was there. There are ways to have Santa write letters to your children, ways to have a letter from Santa postmarked from the North Pole.   You can Google letters from Santa and a variety of websites will provide guidance on how to make this happen.

For me, this is a time of year that seeing the innocence in children is rejuvenating. Our world is filled with so many things that are NOT innocent. Things children shouldn’t see, experience or be part of. Hold onto this holiday. Make it memorable for your children or the children in your lives. Let their imaginations wander and encourage their belief in this holiday. I love the Christmas season, but I cannot deny that it was far more exciting when I was young and believed that the holiday itself, held an indescribable magic that wasn’t present any other time of the year.