It’s that time of year again. You love, love, LOVE the holidays! But an annoying niggle of impending doom begins about the same time the stores bring out the displays. You don’t have to ponder a moment as to what the feeling pertains. Will this be the year someone lets him out of the bag? Will someone tell your child the truth about Father Christmas?
It grows worse each year, doesn’t it? And, when they go off to school… Oh, my! The Christmas holiday cannot come quickly enough! And, yes, there is a tiny sense of relief when you collect him at the end of the day and you aren’t hit with the question.
But… What if, at some point this Christmastime, you are? Will you smooth that furrowed brow with assurance that all is well or just come out with it?
That cherubic, little face is looking up at you with dread written all over it, but with eyes that need to know. It may be as close to torture as you’ll ever care to come. But, because they are looking to you with eyes that need to know, you should come clean.
Whether or not the question stemmed from “So-and-So” saying something, odds are your child has already reached an age where the logistics of it all are mind-boggling. (Do you remember trying to wrap your mind around that?) That’s the beginning of the end, really, isn’t it? So, perhaps, in their little heart of hearts, they know, but they are coming to you to tell them it’s certain. And they are trusting you to be honest about it.
This is the moment when we can show you proof that honesty is the best policy, but… You know that. So, by all means, read on! ?
Whether the reaction is bursting into heartbroken tears or a resigned, “I knew it,” we can’t just leave them like that, now, can we? So, we’d like to make a suggestion. Wrap her, tightly, in your arms and whisper, excitedly, into that precious little ear, “You know, once you’ve learned the truth about Father Christmas, you must be Father Christmas!”
Let that little tidbit of information sink in for a moment. Did a bit of wonder and sparkle return to those eyes? We hope so.
Now, you must decide for whom you will be Father Christmas. We are quite certain the sparkle will not be limited to your child’s eyes during this conversation! Adopt a family in need, visit a local toy drive drop-off point, or perhaps your church has a collection going. Once the plan is in place, off to the shopping centre you go!
“That’s a very clever plan,” you say to yourself, “but what if the question comes as we’re setting out the mince pie on Christmas Eve?” ?
Well, at such a moment as that, I would not blame you one bit for soothing the furrowed brow! With the stipulation firmly in mind, of course, that you will have the talk before the New Year arrives.
But, what if…
…you had a beautifully wrapped package or two hidden away…
Just imagine, you and your child slipping out into the Christmas Eve night to make that very special delivery! No matter that there is no set need to meet at the delivery point. It can be anywhere! Left on anyone’s doorstep!
The need you will be meeting is that of your child. You will be showing them that Father Christmas is great fun, but Christmas joy does not hinge open whether or not he is flesh and blood. Your child will experience, first hand, the joy of giving without expectation of something in return.
And, just like that, the Spirit of Christmas lives on!
From All of Us, here, at Idaho Jones ~ May the joy of this Christmas Season follow you and yours straight through the New Year!