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Christmas Blues

I guess the old English proverb is right – “All good things must come to an end.”  

Today will be magical like every other Christmas day.  It is my favorite holiday and every year it seems to register higher on the “Like”  scale. But after the presents have been opened and the family dinner is over reality slowly starts to set in. I have to work the next day. The base of the tree, once covered in a blanket of gifts, will be naked and bare. Visiting family members go from wrapping presents to packing suitcases. And the movie Elf won’t be on TV every single night. I mean I love Will Ferrel, but enough is enough. Eventually, we’ll take down the Christmas tree, decorations, and our outdoor lights.  And in an instance the magic of Christmas disappears for another year.  

It hit me this morning that the Christmas Blues are different and deeper this year.  As a father of three children I’ve enjoyed 15 years of Santa Claus’ spirit. Now our youngest child is nine years old. She still believes in him, but our time is running out. Like her older brother and sister before her, I hold my breath for the day she says to me, “Santa Claus isn’t real, Dad.” Once that happens everything changes, right?  

Will that be the end of Elf on the Shelf  (Fred) in our house?  The 10 PM reminder on my iPhone every night to move Fred? How about Santa’s wish list?  What about the special wrapping paper that only Santa’s gifts adorn?  Tracking Santa’s progress on NORAD every Christmas Eve? A glass of milk and a plate of cookies by the fireplace on Christmas Eve? Making sleigh tracks in the snow late at night? Waking up at 4:30 AM on Christmas morning to see if Santa came?  Being able to relive the spirit of Santa with your kids is truly a gift and, in my opinion, better the second time around.  Will the magic of Santa be gone…again?

I say no.  It’s up to us as parents to keep it alive. We may have stopped believing in a living, breathing, jolly-old-elf years ago, but that doesn’t mean that we ever stop believing in the message of love and generosity. That is the greatest gift of all and one tradition that stands the test of time. 

So maybe not all good things have to come to an end. It may be different once your kids get older, but the magic of Santa can still exist.

I’ll still be putting out the Elf on the Shelf next year.  And more than likely, the kid in me will continue to have fun with it….


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