I had declared last night the official ‘eat up all the leftovers’ night because we’ll be spending Christmas with my family. However, we already did a pretty good job of eating up the leftovers because no matter how I tried, I couldn’t concoct a meal (satisfying enough for Hubbs) out of this:
I guess he could have had beer and I could have eaten celery sticks…
Anyways, instead we opted to head over to East Coast Wings and Grill. We split green bean fries (so good, but then again what isn’t good when it’s deep fried and dipped in lava ranch?!)
and I enjoyed a grilled buffalo chicken salad with a Fat Tire on the side.
Evidently we weren’t the only ones craving an icy brewski, look who joined us…
I know, I know, Hailey doesn’t look excited at all, but in her defense, it wasn’t her first time meeting the jolly fellow.
Been there, done that. (Anyone else ever own a tiny-tee with that saying on it? Yeah… me neither… ;))
There were a lot of kids at East Coast and I loved watching their eyes light up as they all shyly approached Santa to say hello and give him a hug. Watching children light up at the sight of Santa warms my heart. It’s magical.
Which got me thinking…
I’ve seen a lot of anti-Santa talk flying around this season. I’ve seen it referred to as having a ‘Santa-light’ Christmas. Parents refuse to acknowledge Santa or flat out tell their children he is a lie. Why?
Some say it’s to focus on the ‘reason for the season’ while others say they refuse to lie to their children.
I know that Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s birthday. Going to the church service, setting up the nativity scene and singing all the wonderful Christmas songs (Oh Night Divine, anyone? LOVE.) clearly highlight the reason for the celebration of Christmas.
But what else comes along with this yearly celebration? To me, it’s about spending time with family, it’s the time of year when strangers smile a little bit more at one another and there seems to be magic in the air. And for me, that includes the magic of Santa Claus, who embodies the spirit of giving at Christmas.
Are there some parents who allow their children to only focus on Santa and do these children end up as little brats who only think Christmas is about getting presents? Absolutely. But I think they are in the minority.
I grew up with Santa Claus, and I treasure the memories I have of putting out milk and cookies and carrots for the reindeer and being amazed in the morning that they had been eaten. Did I receive gifts from Santa? Definitely. But my favorite part of Christmas was and still is the coziness I feel when I get to spend time with my family around the fireplace, snacking on our traditional recipes, sipping on warm beverages and chatting for hours because life gets so busy that we don’t have time to indulge in together time very often anymore.
I’m front left… would you expect anything else?
Now that we have a daughter, David and I get to form her traditions. Do we plan on including Santa? Ab.Sol.Utely. But will that be our main focus? Not a chance. I hope to teach her what I know and feel about Christmas… the birth of Christ, the warm feeling of giving, togetherness, thankfulness, creating memories and the joy and magic of Santa.
I completely respect everyone’s right to their own opinions and traditions about the celebration (or lack there of) of Christmas. In fact, I don’t get offended if someone wants to wish me a Happy Hanukkah- I think it’s wonderful! Happy Hanukkah to you, too! Or, happy Kwanzaa, is that’s what you prefer.
I just wanted, with all the negativity about Santa flying around, to make it clear that
What are your thoughts on Santa?
Do you plan on Santa being a part of your family’s Christmases?