That longing parents feel for those days when our kids use to be those little, bright-eyed, completely innocent vessels that would see all things Christmasy and become awestruck. But being 6 and 8 years old makes them susceptible to all the holiday tricks:
- Santa is really your parents
- That elf is just a toy your mom moves at night
- Candy canes don’t grow out of gardens of sugar and tic Tacs.
Last year, my son was so livid that I “made” him believe that candy canes could actually grow. I mean, he was pissed. He wouldn’t talk to me. I knew at that moment that it was a glimpse of my façade’s end. No amount of backpedaling and “but I’m your parent and that’s what parents do for their kids!” was going repair that moment of deception.
Santa, this mommy wants a time machine for Christmas.
Things are not a total loss though. For now, they do still believe in Santa and that elf watching them behave. That is until one of their friends
In the meantime, I can drown my hidden sorrows in egg nog and binge Netflix. I’ll watch movies that will help me hold on to that Christmas magic a bit longer. On my list this week:
- Love Actually
- A Very Murray Christmas
Even if my kids are on the brink of being unbelievers, I don’t have to give up my superfluous holiday routine. They’ll be seeing that elf move until they move out of the house if I have away in the matter.
Blogger’s Note: This is only a small selection of holiday shows for your viewing pleasure on Netflix. Stay tuned next month to see if my kids are still slightly awestruck and Christmas is saved for one more year.