Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I've been a very good little girl this year. Or at least, I think I have. I've tried really hard to be a good mommy and make sure I stayed on the "good" list.

I haven't quite figured out what I want for Christmas this year, but I'm working on it, I promise. Last year, you were so nice to me, and I got everything I asked for -- even some things I didn't.

After I finished opening all my presents though, I realized that I didn't feel that I didn't have that happy bubble in my heart that I did when I was younger and got the gifts I coveted. I looked around at my family, and I realized that they and their happiness are what makes me happy. I don't need anything else, and I'm happy with what I have.

It was really kind of a revelation. I want nothing.

So why am I writing to you? I'm not asking for anything. In fact, I'm writing a letter that I'm sure you don't get nearly often enough.

Thank you.

Thank you, Santa for all the you do for all our children. Thank you for the joy and excitement that you bring them every Christmas morning. Thank you for the patience you teach them as they wait for you to come. Thank you for the lesson you teach them in how to deal with disappointment when you don't bring them everything they have.

And thank you for being constant. Thank you for not becoming new and cool and hip like so many treasured friends from Tinker Bell to Mickey Mouse. Thank you for staying child-friendly and for helping to maintain my wee ones' innocence for just a little longer.

This year, I'll leave you a couple extra cookies by the fireplace, and maybe a few more carrots for your reindeer.


PS If you want to leave a little high quality chocolate under the tree, I wouldn't object. Or some new kitchen gadgets.


Unknown December 2, 2009 at 11:40 PM  

Do you not HATE what they made tinkerbell into? wtf? And yes I agree I'm glad santa in always the same sweet jolly and happy.

Cookie December 2, 2009 at 11:43 PM  

I agree. I don't like getting presents that much. I'm turning into my mom. I enjoy more just watching the kids at Christmas. Makes me feel like a kid again :)

Pop and Ice December 3, 2009 at 12:33 AM  

This is the first year I've had to cut back on Christmas spending and although it hurt to begin with, I learned to be grateful that I was able to give anything considering I'm still unemployed.

But I'm thankful hubby is still employed and I'm planning a Christmas party for my kid's friends (high school & college) and I think that will be fun - an open house party just for them!

WeaselMomma December 3, 2009 at 5:55 AM  

Sucking up to the Big Guy, I like it.

Debbie December 3, 2009 at 8:02 AM  

I love this letter. I am very content and grateful at this point in my life too.

Andrea December 3, 2009 at 9:51 AM  

Well written. Although I wouldn't mind a few books for the coming months, I totally agree. ;)

Claudya Martinez December 3, 2009 at 12:36 PM  

Here, here for classic Santa!

Hyacynth December 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM  

Isn't that the truth! Who cares about stuff when you have a fabulous family! Well written, Michelle.

Anonymous December 3, 2009 at 2:54 PM  

Love it! I am so very excited for Christmas this year because of Santa. I can't wait to see the looks on my kiddos faces when they wake up Christmas morning.

Teacher Tom December 3, 2009 at 7:27 PM  

I love this letter! But I really could use a new pair of yellow socks to replace the pair my stupid golden retriever chewed up. =)

Michelle December 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM  

Laura - Ummm yeah. Not a fan of the new Tinkerbell. *sigh* I'm just pretending that the Tim Allen (and others) version of Santa don't exist ;)

Dawn - Oooo that dreaded phrase. I refuse to admit that I'm turning into my mom.

Carol Lynn - What a great idea to do a Christmas party for your kids' friends. I'm sure they'll remember that way more than a gift in 10 years anyway!

WeaselMomma - Ohhh you're so cynical. and ummm you know me so well ;)

Debbie - It's a good place to be, isn't it?

Andrea - Thank you. Fortunately, I have a weekly pilgrimage to the library to keep me happy, but I'm with you on the books.

Unknown Mami - Amen!

Hyacynth - That is definitely the right focus. Of course I'm not feeling so wonderful about the fam right now.

Nichole - It's so cool to see how they react with Santa. I can't wait to see how it goes this year either!

Tom - Wellll if you just wore your socks inside then he wouldn't chould them, would he?

Tara R. December 3, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

Nicely said.

Kim December 3, 2009 at 8:59 PM  

Great post! I too am quite content with what I have, I only wish happiness and goodness to my family and friends...and wish that everyone had that sense of contentment - not just on Christmas Day, but all year long.

Melisa Wells December 5, 2009 at 10:10 PM  

That was really sweet. It's true for me, too. Not much I want right now. Jim wanted some Hanukkah ideas for me and all I came up with was a new pair of leather gloves. (and THAT was a stretch!) Time for us to enjoy the simple things, I guess!

Michelle December 6, 2009 at 9:24 PM  

Tara - Thanks :)

June - To be content all year long is definitely a tall order, but oh how wonderful that would be, wouldn't it?

Melisa - I wonder how much the change in the economy and the obvious difficulties so many others are having are having an impact on people subconsciously. Definitely enjoying the simple things!

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