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