“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
I believe there’s magic in this world.
I often feel its existence … every day has magic, if you ask me.
I’m also certain that Ronny and Stella experience magic.
But I’m 90 percent confident that Ronny stopped believing in Santa this year.
Three weeks ago, she said to me, “Don’t tell me if Santa’s real or not, but just … if you could, please just make sure that I know if he’s real or not when my kids are little. You know so that if it’s me, I can get them gifts.”
She doesn’t want to know, and yet, she knows.
Ronny is in fifth grade, and honestly, she’s aged out. But a common way kiddos stop believing in Santa is when they realize the handwriting on Santa’s gift tags is the same as yours. That’s an easy flub I was sure I’d make, which is why …
When it comes to Santa so we only have two standbys:
- Santa has his own penmanship. Someone else – my mom, my dad, Stephen’s dad – writes the note.
- Santa has special wrapping paper. No other presents given from our house have Santa Claus on them. Only presents from Santa can have Santa Claus on them. It feels a little OCD saying this, but that’s how it is in our house. Santa wrapping can only come from the man in red.
This is a note from Santa last year (that my father in-law wrote):
I love Ronny’s reaction after she read this note from Santa.
Santa had written Merry Christmas in Polish because of the conversation he had with the girls at 900 North Michigan. We’ve had a long run with Santa, check out our story here.
P.S. Another tradition we hold is to sprinkle glitter for the reindeers. How we do it is here.