Friday, December 17, 2010

santa, lists and reindeer food

Last year, our children were too young to care, notice or expect anything from Santa.
It was a good thing, since Husband and I still needed to get our barrings on the whole Santa thing.
Husband doesn't recall much of any Santa while a youngster, and says his family focused on the religious aspect of the holiday.  I, on the other hand, wrote lists, prayed lists, made cookies, listened for reindeer, stayed awake, snuck downstairs, and believed in Santa until somewhere near the forth or fifth grade.  We, too, focused on the religious aspect of the holiday, but Santa was very much the man of the holiday.  My heart ached a bit, realizing that Husband might not want to do any Santa with our kids, since I very much believed all those years, but as an adult, I want to pay credit where credit is due, and make sure the religious meaning is forefront amidst the rest.

Well, we didn't have to make any executive decisions on the Santa issue, because come November, Brooklynn proved she was very much aware of the holiday approaching, and talk of Santa became regular conversation.

First, she brought me a color sheet with a picture of Santa's cookie plate and milk, and explained "this is what we need to do this year."
Then there was talk of presents.  Lots and lots of presents, so I decided she had to write her official list, and Asher, too.

Brooklynn 4 1/2

Asher 2 1/2

As if we weren't already bound to Santa by the lists,
Brooklynn brought this home from school:

Did you know there was reindeer food?!  Husband and I didn't, either! 
Along with the sending of the lists and making cookies for Santa,
we will also be feeding the reindeer this year!

And we are having such a fun time.

Here's to the real meaning of Christmas and a little fun, too!

P.S. Did you hear about the sale?


The Glaziers December 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

You're such a darling momma, Cass! I loved Asher's letter; it is sure to be a treasure years down the road. It's definitely hard to remain focused on the real meaning of Christmas these days when so few accept it as a religious holiday. I remember a time when *Christ*mas meant just was it said. Oh well, no harm in a little fun. Merry Christmas to your adorable family!

a little bit biased December 17, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

Oh those lists were adorable. Brooklynn is writing so well! Did I read something about the doctor bringing a baby, or something??? Is there something you want to tell me:) Asher's list is so sweet too. I remember getting some from my kids or helping them write some to Ryan that were along those lines. So funny. Well these are the days, aren't they. I know you're making sweet memories with them! Good job!

Ana* December 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

Their lists are super cute. What a wonderful feeling it must be for a mother to read their children christmas' list for the first time!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' December 17, 2010 at 7:02 PM  

Those lists are SO cute! I know my parents have some of my old Christmas lists. And I can't wait for kids of my own so I can have theirs!

Emily December 18, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

Ah reindeer food...takes me back to my years teaching kindergarten. It was always a big hit when the room moms helped the kids make reindeer food at our class party.

Love the lists. Your Asher's wish list looks a lot like my Reggie's. :)

Erin December 18, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

Wow! Brooklynn did an amazing job writing that letter!!! And I love Asher's little words. AND...I have ALWAYS loved your handwriting.

Hearthandmade December 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

awwwh!! And wait a minute... when i was wee santa got biscuits and milk and rudolf got a carrot... it was explained to me that every house would give the different reindeers carrots so they could keep going through the night!

Ur ones are so adorable!

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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