Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Magic of Santa

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Santa represents the concept of kindness, peace, giving and unconditional love.  He brings about memories of  the perfect cup of hot chocolate with miniature marshmallows on a cold winter's day, the sound of "I'll be Home for Christmas" dancing in your mind, the perfect doll that you wanted left under the tree.  Santa brings beautiful anticipation and hope in all things possible - the magic of Christmas.   He is the gleam in a child's eye and the excitement that resides in a tender heart.  A true representation of all that is pure of childhood innocence. 

We often forget that magic that touches our lives as we grow older, and somehow that spark is again discovered when you have the opportunity to re-live that magic through the eyes of your own children.   Noah has always adored Christmas time.  Santa, elves and reindeer creating laughter in a child often as early as July of each year.   Noah is what inspires us to even put up the Christmas tree and decorations earlier and earlier with each passing year.   His laughter and excitement entertain our hearts as parents with unbelievable delight.  We remain forever grateful that despite Noah's tremendous challenges that he is happy and he knows that he is loved - the joy he finds in the smallest of holiday spirit is an unbelievable blessing. 

Today our friends at North Metro Fire Department gifted Noah with a visit from Santa at home.  They sent for Santa all the way from the North Pole, and coordinated his visit with a handful of loving helpers to visit him and his little brother.  It's a such a special moment when you see that fire truck pull up and know the love that has just arrived for your child that can't otherwise visit Santa comfortably or safely at a mall.  Santa had the coolest sunglasses today.  He came in the afternoon when it was still daylight.  Santa rocks his shades!  He had an amazing team of volunteers who were filled with such love and kindness.  Santa held Noah, while he enjoyed playing in his beard - a sensory seeking thing he's always loved to do.  Santa was so patient and understanding of Noah's needs and brought him and his brother some really neat airplane toys that launch.  Santa launched it into one of his helpers and we all were a bit surprised on how powerful that toy really was!  It gave us all a really great laugh as the rest of Santa's helpers tried to take cover just in case Santa decided to aim that airplane again! 

Noah's little brother, Luke, wasn't so certain of Santa this year.  The first time he's really showed any apprehension about Santa, but also likely the first year this is all starting to make sense to him now that he's older.  It took him a little while to warm up to the idea of sitting close to Santa but he finally was able to do it, which gave Noah even more time to tell Santa his wish list.  I think Noah rather preferred to have Santa mostly to himself.  We were all able to take pictures of Santa and his team outside our house.   Santa's team was so sweet, a little boy in the neighborhood came out to see what was going on and Santa and his team gifted him with a firefighter hat and Santa told him he'd be back for him as well Christmas Eve.   There are moments in life where you feel your heart could often explode from the little happiness that other people create for your difficult journey.  They see only a child that they want to help at the holidays - a child worth just as much love and kindness as the next.  I pray they all with be blessed with the same blessings they have bestowed up on us today.  They are building memories for us that we will treasure forever with Noah and his little brother.

"They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart."  Paul M. Ell 


Noah's Miracle by Stacy Warden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.