The joy of Christmas is less than a month away and so preparations have begun in earnest in our household. As Sister of a Man-Child is still a firm believer (yes at 9 years old) it just adds to the excitement and delight of Christmas.
As the retailers filled their stores with Christmas decorations, and the TV advertising cranked up, my daughter had all the reminders she needed about this magical event. First stop the Christmas tree – she begged me to put it up last weekend, which we did, but not until the end of Sunday due to other commitments. We did have to endure quite a few sulking moments along the way, but as I said to her, I refuse to be rushed doing the annual Christmas tree decoration.
So here is our very eclectic Christmas tree. Yes years ago I had the “designer” Christmas tree, with every last bow (or whatever was in fashion at the time) placed just so, completely colour co-ordinated, not a branch out of place. As the men-children came along, so too did the home-made decorations, which were proudly added to the tree or used as centrepieces for the table (it’s amazing how good a couple of wreaths made from dried pasta and spray painted gold looked).
Now it is my daughter’s home made decorations that grace the tree, along with a special collection of ornaments, including Father of a Man-Child’s childhood decorations (rescued from the beach house), and personalised, named baubles of family members. Having some history on the tree only adds to the sense of family and tradition that we so love.
The other thing we lap up of course is the joy of a child that still believes in Santa (even the men-children enjoy it). I love the unwavering belief and innocence of children every Christmas and Easter. She is so excited, she asked if she could sleep on the couch on Christmas Eve so she could see him!
After the tree all attention turned to her letter to Santa. It is so gorgeous I have republished it for you to read here (just click on this link): Letter to Santa. I was especially pleased she mentioned both Jesus as well as a gift for her rabbits. I intend to keep a copy for her, to give to her one day, along with the countless letters to the tooth fairy of course!!
Anticipation is also growing for her video from Santa. Last year she received a video from the North Pole, with Santa talking directly to her by name, and amazingly talking about the EXACT present she wanted. HOW did he know her name, or what she wanted? I mean, he MUST be real! Santa is so clever he even arranged to send her a video for her birthday recently to say he knew she’d been pretty good so far this year.
Amidst all the excitement there is however stress. One thing tops her Christmas list, a Fijit Friend (don’t worry I had never heard of one either), which just happens to be the Toy of the Year in Australia. What that means for any Mrs Santa Claus’s out there is that there is now widespread panic-buying across Melbourne and Australia, and every Fijit is about to be completely sold out before the end of November!!!!! Santa doesn’t explain on video what happens if his elves can’t make enough of the ridiculously popular (and ridiculously expensive) toy. But I have managed to secure one! PS. If you want to know what they are, take a look here: Fijit Friends
So how is Christmas stacking up in your house? What wonderful things do your children do to prepare for the visit from the great man? And how long did they believe for?
You can read more about the tooth fairy here, and also what happened when we finally broke the news to the men-children about Santa. A Princess Tale.