Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Truthful Tuesday


This week Elizabeth over at Confessions From a Working Mom posed a Truthful Tuesday question that I really liked! Check out her blog for other answers to the question:

Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Most definitely! I loved the thought of Santa when I was a little girl. We always left out milk and cookies for him and parsnips for the reindeer. We'd write letters and Christmas lists and wait anxiously to see if Santa would answer our requests. Every year my Grandma would take us to visit him at the old Higbee's in downtown Cleveland. (Ahhh nostalgia! Side note: For those of you who have seen the movie "A Christmas Story", it was actually filmed in Cleveland. At the beginning of the film when Ralphie and his friends are looking in the department store window at all of the year's popular toys, that is actually the Higbee's in downtown Cleveland. Unfortunately it is now closed. What a cool store it was! It actually had WOODEN escalators!)

My sisters and I would get up super early on Christmas morning (I'm talking 4 am) to go and look at the tree. We'd check out all of the presents, make sure Santa and the reindeer ate their goodies and then we would all go back into my bedroom and wait until 6 am (the earliest my parents would let us wake them up!) to open presents.

I can remember the EXACT moment when I found out there was no Santa Claus. My sister Elizabeth told me while we were in a fight. It was a Sunday and we were on our way to church. We were going under the first of two consecutive railroad bridges on route 303 in Hudson in the backseat of our minivan. I was only 8 years old. It was awful! I was completely devastated. To this day I still remind her that she took that away from me. That she stole Santa from me a little too early.

I cannot wait until LBN is born and old enough to believe in Santa. I love the innocence. I love the true belief that one man could deliver so many presents to so many people around the world. And I love the look on children's faces when they get to meet Santa. That pure excitement and joy that we adults are rarely ever privy to these days.

Santa conveys the message of Christmas....

Believe!

Believe in what you wish to be true, what you know to be true in your heart. Even as adults, now that we know Santa is not a real living, breathing individual we can still carry this message with us and pass it onto younger generations.

So, yes I believe in Santa Claus and I always will.

~Emily

3 comments:

  1. Nice post =) Hope your Christmas goes well and all is good with LBN

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  2. Yes! I used to love the old Higbees in downtown Cleveland, *especially* at Christmastime (and those wooden escalators were my favorite part of the whole store!) They've actually taken the old house that Ralphie lived in and turned it into a museum. It's only 5 minutes from where I live.

    I remember the exact moment I stopped believing in Santa, too, although I actually figured out the Easter Bunny first and it all clicked into place from there :-)

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  3. Higbee's!!!!! Awwww, you just brought back so many memories. Do you remember Mr. Jingaling and Bruce the Spruce, and that little train ride down in the basement???

    ~Elizabeth
    http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.blogspot.com

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