Christmas is my favorite time of year and is associated with such wonderful childhood memories. The mystery of Santa Claus is such a time of wonderment on the faces of our children. When I was little I remember thinking that Santa Claus couldn’t possibly be real. I was a pretty logical thinker and knew that reindeer couldn’t possibly fly and men that weighed three-hundred pounds couldn’t make it down a chimney. Still, there were certain magical things that kept happening that made me wonder if I could be wrong. I would like to share my 6 favorite things that either happened to me when I was a kid or have become special memories with my own children.
1) The magic of keys: If you have a large set of keys or put several sets of keys together and start to jingle them they sound exactly like sleigh bells. My big brother used to hide on the side of the house and do that, I remember freezing my bum off while searching aimlessly in the night sky,
2) The old cookies and milk routine is a classic. Always drink half the milk and eat the cookies but leave one with a bite mark. I have seen many glowing faces on Christmas morning because of that illusion.
3) Modern technology is a great way to keep an eye on Santa and his journey. Kids love watching his progress as he completes his journey throughout the world with noradsanta.org The good news is that the kids are usually crashed by the time Santa is actually set to arrive.
4) Make indentations in the snow (if you have some) of reindeer hoof prints. If you have no snow then use a little baking powder or baby powder to appear that the reindeer were walking on the roof or in the drive way.
5) Throw a white glove or a candy cane on the roof. Making sure the kids notice the evidence that Santa was surely on the roof.
6) One of my favorites is to tie a few bells to the end of fishing string so you can control the bells from a remote location. After placing the presents under the tree, I hop back in bed and when the timing is right, I start ringing the bells. It couldn’t possibly be mommy because she is still in bed, but no sign of Santa, only the presents he left behind. Usually they are so distracted by the presents they don’t search for the bells and it gives me time to hide the evidence.
These tricks are extremely enjoyable, especially for the little one’s that are still caught up in the fantasy of Santa. What a wonderful feeling thinking their is a magical character that brings gifts for everyone. Few memories can compare to the joy of a magical Christmas.