1. Leighann
    December 26, 2016 @ 8:01 pm

    I love this! I felt lucky this year that my littles are still small enough to not really know what’s going on, all because I had reflected on my own childhood. It hit me that I’m going to have to put in some serious work over the next few years to keep Santa alive around here, and I’m definitely appreciating alllll that my parents did for my brother and I when we were little! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!


  2. Melissa
    December 26, 2016 @ 9:37 pm

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one wrapping gifts right before. I thought hard about whether we should do Santa with our 17 month old. Wow decided why not. We kept the more “expensive” gifts from us ie my step sons tablet and gave the kids smaller toys they wanted from Santa. I also saw a video where a mom takes her kids out one on one when they get old enough to not believe in Santa and more, she tells them about becoming Santa themselves. They find someone to secretly give a gift of something they need without getting “caught”. They then pay it forward… I loved that idea. Santa truly loves in all of us.


  3. Paige Rodriguez
    December 26, 2016 @ 11:26 pm

    So sorry your hubby and little ones were sick in the days leading up to Christmas! So glad you were able to see the beauty through it all and keep the magic alive 🙂 My husband and I were just talking last night about how we can’t wait until next year when our son is more aware of the traditions — it definitely puts the magic back in it for us! He’s not yet 2 so he marveled at the books, lights, and crafts, but I feel like next year he’ll really have a better understanding and that’s when the idea of Santa will be magical for us again too 🙂


  4. Jessica Peresta
    December 26, 2016 @ 11:48 pm

    We love us some Santa over here. I love my kids innocence and seeing the excitement on their little faces.


  5. Justine Y @ Little Dove
    December 27, 2016 @ 3:31 am

    I’m so sorry you guys had a such a stressful time leading up to Christmas! It always seems like someone is sick for the holidays. In our household we choose to talk to our children about who the real St. Nicholas was, but I so agree that there is so much wonderful magic surrounding Christmas. It sounds like my parents were the same as yours, they went so above and beyond with all the wonderful Santa Claus aspect of the holiday, a bulging Santa sack, eaten Christmas Eve cookies, sleigh bells on the roof… I love that there are so many fun ways to celebrate Christmas. 🙂


  6. Krysten
    December 27, 2016 @ 6:04 am

    I think that I will continue playing the guy in the big red suit for a while because of your reason number one. I really believe in letting kids be kids. I also think that kids need a little magic in their lives, because that’s part of the happiness. Without that little bit of magic, the world seems so boring.


  7. Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins
    December 27, 2016 @ 10:38 pm

    I agree with this so much, especially #1 and 2. My oldest loves to figure out things like how exactly Santa will get down the chimney and how long it takes him to get from a friend’s house to our house. And the behavior aspect is great, too!


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