Hurray – finally December has arrived and with the amount of snow we’re getting at the moment it already feels very festive. Christmas activities and events for families start in earnest this weekend and some houses already have their decorations up; twinkling and flashing across the street.
In the festive mood ourselves, we wrote our Santa letters at the weekend. This was the first year my eldest was able to write his own letter (with just a little help) and up the chimney they went. Magic!
My nephew and niece turned 9 and 12 this year and although they are still clinging onto the notion of Santa, their parents suspect that they may have been having doubts for some time and may even have been told the truth by gossip-mongers at school. And this got me thinking: for how long can you really keep the magic of Christmas alive when your children reach their teenage years (or possibly sooner) and someone, somewhere spreads the news that Santa may not exist?
Have your children asked you about Santa recently or have they already stopped believing? I’m sure many parents will be asked that difficult question for the first time this year and would love to hear how others have handled it.
Personally, I am in total denial that this day will ever come and still like to believe in Santa a little bit myself. What is it they say?: if you don’t believe then a fairy will die (or maybe that’s something else!).
And whether Santa exists or not, I suspect that for many families this year, there will be some serious negotiations about what goes on the list and what Santa may or may not be able to bring as we all face up to the very real impact of political events in recent weeks.