I think my 7-year-old daughter might be humoring me when it comes to the whole Santa thing. Every day she desperately tries to search in my husband's side of the closet, when normally, she has no interest in his old uniform shirts and suits. I know she has to be looking for her Christmas presents. This year, to make the magic, I'm going to need to up the ante on old Father Christmas. I need to find new and creative ways to make my kids think Santa was here if she's going to believe just a few minutes more. I am really not ready for her to give up on Santa just yet.
Admittedly, much of the magical quality of Santa Claus and Christmas is that children are innocent and trusting, and they believe that human nature is good enough to allow something as wonderful as the myth of Santa to be real. It's before the world can dim that light. Before they learn that all those letters to Santa are all in the safe in the closet and not being read by mystical man in a colder clime. And in that period when children still believe, it's as magical for parents as it is for the kids. Everybody needs just a few more moments of magic and belief in the good of the universe, even if we have to make the magic ourselves.