“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 it.
That being said, 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. I know she knows and she knows that I know she knows – it’s that sort of thing. There are few words, but it’s evident.
She believes in magic and things you can’t see, but Santa coming down the chimney, nope. No longer.
Ronny doesn’t want me to tell her, but she knows.
She is in fifth grade, and honestly, she’s aged out. I get that.
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, 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 have is to sprinkle reindeer food for the reindeers. The recipe that we use is here.
P.P.S. I cannot get enough of the girls’ first picture with Santa at the top of this post.