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My name is Ron, I am a Christmas nut always have been always will be. I am first and foremost a stay at home dad that has an evening job at a retail/grocery establishment. After my second son was born I stepped down from my management position, so my wife and I don't have to pay for daycare. My wife is a teacher in the town we live, so people recognize us everywhere in our little town.
My wife and I have been married for 9 years. We have 2 boys aged 6 and 3, both are young Christmas nuts.

I have loved Christmas as long as I remember
from seeing the lights on all the houses, to seeing if I could stay awake to see Santa.
Christmas has been the one constant in my life it has always been there for me, through the rough times of my parents divorce when I was 10 y/o or my mother's passing when I was 16.
Everyone always tried to make it something special for myself and sister when we were young no matter what was going on. I now believe that is why I love this time of year more than any other because of the efforts of my family to hold it above any other time of year. I get to make the season special for my boys now, whether it be by playing the music decorating the house and yard or just playing the dvd's. The memories the season has brought have always warm and it is no wonder why I look forward to making more of these memories every year. My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story my favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. My favorite Christmas artist is Bing Crosby.
Well if I ran on a little bit I am sorry I am new to blogging, it sounds always better in your mind.
I will try to keep posting and making it interesting for all who read.
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Santa Won't Let Me Down?

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Posted 09-15-2011 at 01:58 PM by xmas365
Tags belief, magic, santa

I am getting the feeling that Santa Claus may not be in existence for my oldest much longer, which is killing me right now and forces me to put my thought in my blog. He is putting all his faith in a gift from Santa that my wife and I cannot afford. While I was tucking him in to bed the other night I asked him what he thinks he wants for Christmas this year? He starts blurting out the usual things like some action figures, books, video games, and so on, when I saw a light go on in his little head and he said he wants Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and a Nintendo 3DS. I told him flat out that Mommy and Daddy cannot afford that this year, and then he said "that's ok, Santa will bring it for me." (In my house we go by the rule Santa brings one present, the rest are from Mom & Dad) My heart sank as soon as he said that, he will be anticipating that will be under the tree from Santa only to be disappointed by it not being there. We bought a Nintendo Wii and put it on Layaway back in the spring, it's all paid for and in it's hiding spot until Christmas, I am hoping that will make him forget about the 3DS, and the fact his Grandparents, uncle and aunt all chipped in and bought him a Nintendo DS for Christmas last year, he is a very lucky kid for what he has received. I don't want to break his heart, or worse have Santa break his heart.

In years past we had my brother in law dress up as Santa on Christmas night, and make a stop off and deliver the last gift on his way home, the kids all loved it, but JP figured out it was his uncle who was dressed up as Santa, we were able to persuade him to believe that his uncle was standing behind me while Santa was there. We won't be able to do that this year, unless we pay someone to dress up.
JP is to young not to believe in the magic of Santa, heck I still believe in him. I believed in the magic well into my teen years. I want this magic to be here for both my boys for a few more years, Christmas changes after the magic is first gone. I am lucky because Christmas is still magical for me, and I hope I can keep the magic for them as long as possible.
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    Jeff Westover's Avatar
    This is a great post, Xmas365. I think you paint a familiar picture with all of us.

    I recall back in 2001 -- when most of my kids were really little and I was just starting a new job -- I had some of my children with stars in their eyes about what Santa would bring. At the time it really perplexed me because we were coming off a hard, hard period as a family because I was really out of work for about 11 months and we were struggling.

    My kids were little then, except for my eldest, and I think their desire for some extravagant things were driven by the fact that with such a large family we've never had much left over for things beyond the necessities. We've never gone without but in comparison to so many other kids in our area our kids were living lean.

    The thing that really changed it for us was the events of 9/11 and the heart-breaking emails Santa received through the site that year from kids who wanted things that Santa really couldn't give -- things like a lost parent or grandparent or kids dealing with emotional fears and scars over events. From my side, it was a very scary Christmas but from their side it was humbling.

    My kids that year learned that Santa sometimes has to say no because there are other kids with greater needs -- needs like shoes, or food, or a warm coat...or a parent.

    I have persisted in teaching the goodness and reality of Santa all of these years because I believe he is a real role model for compassionate Christmas celebration. When my kids see a Santa serving in some capacity or encouraging kids to do things for others or merely promoting the great intangibles of the season (time together as a family, doing things, spreading happiness, etc) it tends to de-emphasize the receiving.

    In the Santa Updates each year we see subtle little pushes in that direction -- that Santa isn't like a bottomless ATM focused solely on giving kids everything they want.

    Sometimes the answer is no, especially where a child already has so many blessings.
    Posted 09-15-2011 at 07:00 PM by Jeff Westover Jeff Westover is offline
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    Ron, with parents like you and your wife to guide them, your boys will NEVER be far from the magic of Christmas nor it from them ......Blessings xo
    Posted 09-16-2011 at 02:16 AM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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