Santa Claus is coming to town

Actually, Santa Claus put in an appearance at Philip’s preschool last week. His teacher emailed some pictures from St. Nick’s visit to the classroom.

Mrs. P holds a cautious yet curious Philip beside Santa Claus

Mrs. P holds a cautious yet curious Philip beside Santa Claus

She wrote that Philip was more aware of the jolly old elf this year, even if he was apprehensive. Hey, apprehensive means that he noticed a stranger dressed all in red.

Happy to get a candy cane. Not to eat, but to dangle from his finger, one of his new favorite stims

Happy to get a candy cane. Not to eat, but to dangle from his finger, one of his new favorite stims

We didn’t take Philip to see Santa Claus at any stores. Philip didn’t make a list of things that he wants, and I’m okay with that. The guy from the North Pole remains an abstract concept for Philip, so I couldn’t think of any reason to take him other than a photo-op.

Speaking of photo ops, Philip’s Christmas gift to us from preschool was a framed picture. Mrs. P also emailed the pictures she took for this project.

The first attempt. He doesn't look thrilled about wearing an elf hat

The first attempt. He doesn’t look thrilled about wearing an elf hat

Not sure what he had to say about that elf hat, but he doesn't look quite as grumpy. This was the photo included in the Christmas tree frame

Not sure what he had to say about that elf hat, but he doesn’t look quite as grumpy. This was the photo included in the Christmas tree frame

Tonight, Philip will probably be up late, but not due to the anticipation of Santa Claus coming to town or excitement over all of the gifts. Unlike me as a child during the holidays, Philip lives in the moment. I think he will take delight in looking at the Christmas tree at his grandparents’ house. He will be curious about the colored packages beneath it. He’ll enjoy opening the presents and exploring the gifts (and the packaging). He’ll have fun playing with his cousins and being with family. But he won’t worry about those things tonight. I could learn a lot from his attitude.

So, may your days be merry and bright

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Deck the halls

Jingle bells

Because we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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