I can’t believe Christmas season 2018 is officially upon us. Time never slows down. Last year, I touched upon the magic of Christmas and cherishing these moments with my girls. Sadly, this year Gianna learned the truth about Santa. Almost 11, I knew this day was inevitable and growing near, but I guess I was in denial.
Recently, she started questioning the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny. As much as I dreaded relaying the truth, I wanted to be the one to break the news. I didn’t want a classmate to tarnish the wonder and joy of Christmas for my little girl. I sat her down and answered her questions honestly. I knew within seconds, she would want to know if Santa too was make-believe. Of course that question came next. I was gentle with my approach and tone, but gave it to her straight. We discussed how Christmas was so much more than receiving presents. It was about spending time with family, carrying out traditions, giving back, and celebrating Jesus.
I would be lying if I said she was mature enough to completely understand this notion. She was utterly upset and disappointed, but still promised to keep the magic alive for her sister.
A few weeks have passed since our discussion, and the disappointment has subsided. She seems excited to still keep the holiday spirit as present and real for Mia. She offers ideas and suggestions for the Elf (make it stop), and still speaks of Santa with wonder and naivety.
So for all those parents dreading this day, I leave you with peace of mind and hope. It’s not as bad as I expected. Yes, I mourn the loss of my baby girl and will always miss the sound of her screeching voice and the sparkle in her eyes on Christmas morning, but something tells me a little of that will always be with her. Christmas brings out the kid in all of us. All the world is happy when Santa Claus comes!
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