Christmas can be so different for everyone, depending on their traditions they celebrate with their families, to the varying weather in each location. However, I think everyone can agree there’s something magical about the Christmas season, which is found in the innocence of children and their ability to believe.
Of course, like all other kids, my girls each wrote letters to Santa, thanking him for the gifts he brought last year and kindly asking for a new batch of toys this year. We visited Santa at the local shopping center so they could even give their requests in person. (They may have been a little more excited about the miniature candy cane they received after the annual event of sitting on the bearded man’s lap.)
Their excitement mounted when they received a video email from Santa, personalized for each of them. “He knew what grade I’m in and what I’ve done this year! He really IS watching me!” And of course, a surprise visit from “Santa” at their school classroom hyped the hope of the approaching Christmas Eve night even more.
What they didn’t expect was what they’d experience after falling asleep on Christmas Eve night. And what I didn’t expect was their reaction to it!
Soon after I was sure they had fallen asleep, I ran into their room, shook them awake, and with a contained excitement whispered, “Girls! Girls! You’ll never guess who is in our living room right now!” The oldest immediately sat up with widened eyes. “Let’s go watch!” The wide eyes quickly turned worried and she laid back down on her pillow, clutching the blankets to her chin. “No…. what if he sees us? He won’t leave us presents!” I tried my best to assure her we’d be hiding and he wouldn’t even know we were there. It wasn’t until she realized her little sister was going out to peek, that she decided to tag along.
Peering around the corner of the wall, the girls watched in amazement as Santa placed gifts under the tree, then relaxed on the couch with the plate of cookies and milk that had been left specifically for him. Ad had seen enough, she quickly ran back into her room and jumped into bed with the hopes that her presence hadn’t been detected. They quickly fell back to sleep, but awoke in the morning with stories to tell dad, who, sadly, wasn’t able to witness the event.