Christmas loses a little of its magic

Posted: December 1, 2010 in apps, Uncategorized
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Typically around this time we are busy with trying to find out what the latest and greatest tech toys are for the kids (and me for that matter – but really i’m just a big kid anyway) But there is a different vibe around the house this holiday season.

This year will be our first without a certain old jolly fellow visiting our house on Christmas Eve.

I have to say, its taken some of the fun out of the holiday, but we knew it was coming.   As much as i’d love to carry on with that wonderful belief, it just doesn’t work that way.  Eventually all kids stop believing in the magic of Christmas that comes from waiting for the fat man in the red suit to make his magical annual journey around the world delivering gifts to all the little girls and boys.

Some friends of ours don’t believe in perpetuating the “myth“, but I think they are robbing their kid of a big and important part of the fun and celebration and even the meaning of Christmas, and possibly by not going along with the masses, stopping other kids from having that joy too.   The argument that they don’t want to lie to their kids or that they don’t want their kid thanking “Someone Else” for amazing gifts just doesn’t wash with me.   For one, its a slippery slope.  If you don’t believe in one, doesn’t that also apply to all of the great childhood beliefs? (Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc)  For another, no one wants their kid to be the one on the playground devastating the believers as they discuss the oncoming holiday and all that they hope to get.  Besides, years from now, they are not going to be mad at you for letting them believe in something so magical, and they will remember fondly those memories, taking them along with them until they have kids of their own and building on all those little traditions you shared with them at Christmas time.

I know, I know, some of you are saying “what about the true meaning of Christmas?  The birth of Christ.”   To that I say there is room for both.  They are in no way mutually exclusive.  This is not a creationist vs evolutionist argument here, we can celebrate both without losing the meaning of either.

And what fun would all the celebrating be, without the build up to the big day?  Part of the excitement has always been the anticipation and wondering what you were going to get.  Writing your letter to Santa and hoping he gets it, and better yet getting a letter in return.  On that note, a big heartfelt thank you to all the Canada Post employees for all their help and giving of their free time over the years.

One of the cool techy things about this time of year is the letters from Santa that you can sign up for on behalf of your kids.  (admit it, you knew I had to throw in a tech connection somewhere)  Its fun and easy and I think it’ll bring a smile to any kid’s face when they get theirs, especially when it is customized just for them.  Check it out at http://magicsanta.ca/ This year it gets even better, there is an App in the iTunes store for it too (link here) all you need in your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad and a few minutes of your time and you can bring joy and wonderment to your child or anyone’s child you want to that you know the email address of.  Thanks Bell Canada/ Sympatico.  This is the kinda thing that probably makes that other old bearded man Alexander Graham Bell proud.

For us, it seems we will have to wait for grandkids now before we again get to truly experience the wonder of Christmas through a child’s eyes with regards to that jolly old elf and all the magic and joy that accompanies it.  The letter to Santa, the plate of cookies & glass of milk, with the little pile of carrots left next to them for the reindeer, the stockings hanging empty until Christmas eve only to be full on Christmas morn when the kids awake, these will be the things we’re going to miss the most.

We will still decorate the house and trim the trees and have a good family Christmas full of gifts and celebration, minus one big man in a red suit.  Until we meet again S.C. , take care of those reindeer and say thanks to Mrs C. and the elves for me.

tcg

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  2. Pam Woodall says:

    hmmm, well one of us might be doing something wrong, paul. my kids (19 and pagan, and 21 and a believer in all things magical, both well within regular to high iq counts) are still spellbound by that special christmas feeling. don’t sell your children short; whimsy and magic can be preserved if everybody agrees it exists. happy solstice and decemberhannukahween to everyone.

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  3. Scott says:

    My wife doesn’t want to “lie” to any future children we might have. When she found out as a child, she was very angry at the ‘deception’. In my case, I was told that Santa filled the stocking but everything else was from specific people.

    So what I suggested to her is that we teach our children to never spoil it for the others — that they should never let on they know otherwise because it would just ruin things for everyone else — especially grown ups. That way whenever even if an adult mentions “Santa” they never contradict them — not because they feel they can’t, but more along the lines of having a little secret that even the all powerful grownups “don’t know”. It should also stop them from telling the other kids not to believe.

    I figure learning a little tolerance early doesn’t hurt anyone.

    (When I was little, I didn’t listen to the other kids — but I’ve never been one to fall to peer pressure either.)

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