A few weeks ago my 8 year old came home questioning what to believe in this holiday season. He said kids at school told him that their parents were responsible for wrapping presents, not a jolly guy in a red suit. I know we're quickly approaching the age where kids start wondering what's real, but I'm not ready to give up on the magical spirit of the season.
So what did I tell him?
I explained that Santa is as real as he thinks he is, and that I still believe. I believe that there is magic in the holidays, magic in the wonder in a little kid's face seeing holiday lights, magic in spending more time together, hugging each other a little longer. In a world where are kids are growing up so fast, why not encourage them to believe a little longer?
So, the next day, our Elf on the Shelf arrived. He was quickly named Chris, "with a 'Ch,' not a 'K.'" Chris is a little naughty, but has brought with him wonder and excitement. Confidence in the season has been restored.