I’ve been talking to my kids about how sometimes parents and grandparents work with Santa to make wishes come true. How mail carriers, and shop clerks, and the assistant Santas at the Mall are all part of Santa’s team, making Christmas magic happen.
I told them about how sometimes Santa works his magic by making something possible; making a Dad find $20 in his pocket when he thought it was empty, by Mom being given a turkey by her job so they can all have a nice dinner, by someone getting, or keeping a job, or a home, or a car, when no one thought such a thing was going to happen. By making it possible for people to celebrate with their loved ones someplace safe.
I told them that sometimes we can help…
I had several bags full of clothes and shoes to donate to Goodwill, and asked the kids to go through their loveys and books and see if there were any they would be willing to donate so a Mom or Dad or Grandparent who maybe thought they couldn’t afford Christmas presents for the special kids in their lives could find someone lovable, magically affordable and waiting for them, when they went into Goodwill with more hope than funding, and likely not much of either.
If you see a lovey that you gave my kids in the picture below, please know that my kids (and I) cried and gave a last cuddle and thank you to each of these loveys for being part of our family for however long they were here. These just happened to be loveys that didn’t get names, never became real to us, for whatever reasons. The kids are sad but happy too, knowing that they are part of Santa’s team because there are nine kids out there that are going to have a happier winter with a new cuddly friend. Thank you for your generosity, and for giving my kids the chance to enjoy the good feelings that come from being generous themselves.