Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Christmas Revelation

Six stocking ready for....?

We've always tried to teach the boys the real reason for the Christmas season, but we've also incorporated Santa Claus into our Christmas morning celebration. For the last seven years, Christmas morning has been priceless. I'll always treasure the looks on four little boys' faces as they gaze at the Christmas tree surrounded by all the goodies left by Santa. They beam. They gasp. They squeal.

Tonight, Caleb and I were discussing Christmas. He added, "I've figured it out."

The color drained from my face. I asked, "Figured out what?"

"Christmas," he answered. "You buy the presents and put them under the tree, not Santa. I learned it in a commercial"

Honestly, I teared up. I'm not quite ready for Santa to go (and as we all know once the oldest finds out the truth, it's only a matter of time for the others).

I never truly replied to Caleb's statements, mostly for the sake of his little brother. I did follow up with one final question, "What do you think happens when you stop believing?" Suddenly, Caleb looked serious and a little perplexed.

"I don't know," he responded.

"Caleb, I hope you believe forever," I said as I turned to leave.

I guess I'm hoping to maintain the magic of Christmas morning forever. Truth be told, Christmas morning will always be magical, Santa or not.

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