Friday, December 14, 2007

Rebutting My Humbug

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You guys are cracking me up:) Who knew I would stir up all kinds of passion? Not me!

But seriously, let’s not get too dramatic. There's tons of magic in the lives of my children even when you take out the deception of Santa Claus (which I haven't actually done yet). Who needs to believe in elves when fireflies twinkle in July? Or when the wind blows a million leaves off the trees in November and they swirl all around you? Who needs a fat man in a red suit when the snow falls and each snowflake seems to quiet the earth a little bit more? I don’t need a flying reindeer when I see plant life popping from the thawing earth to believe in magic. There’s magic in those things that exists without deception mixed in. The mere fact that the Earth is spinning and we get to see a sunrise at every dawn and a sunset at every dusk carries enough truth and magic to make my adrenaline rush. What about the miracles that happen daily? Like new life being born into the world, or answers to prayer? There isn’t a lie in that to confuse them. What about opening your mind to a new world inside the covers of a book or when you put on a hat and become someone else and a whole story immerges? Imagination doesn’t need to be thrown at them from every store, commercial and adult for it to exist and thrive. I appreciate the innocence of children and the optimism that they possess and I love the renewal of my own since children have become a part of my life.

I’m not trying to make any parent feel bad for playing Santa every Christmas Eve; I do it too. Plus the cookies are a bonus (which I would take with or without the title of Claus). So go ahead, love the magic and miracle and imagination of Santa if you really want to. But I still prefer the real stuff any day.

12 comments:

Clairissa said...

Well put! Here Here!!

Jen Lynn said...

It seems like so many people are humbugging Santa this year. Maybe I'm noticing because of the ages of my kids.

I was just talking to a friend of mine about Santa. She tells her kids that Santa is just a myth but it's fun to pretend that he's real. So they do the whole Santa thing (even leaving cookies on Christmas Eve)knowing full well that he's not real, and they have just as much fun. And she said there's a lot of winking and nodding from her kids when they're around friends that still believe in Santa. I kinda like that idea.

I still believe in Santa though:) It's all fun.

jake said...

I still think you must be bitter from that ill fated visit in your childhood years to the fat man's lap and he just didn't smell right.
"You sit upon a throne of lies. You stink, you smell like Beef and Cheese you don't smell like Santa." -Will Ferrell, Elf (2003)

calibosmom said...

Just a side note...My 7 year old that wanted to know the truth about Santa last year just this very morning put a letter in the mailbox addressed to Santa at the Northpole. Face it ladies and gents, our kids are going to believe whatever they want reguardless of what we tell them...didn't we all? By the way Britt, beautiful picture and I definately know you're kids don't lack the magic!

emma jo said...

What a beautiful flower...it looks all sparkly like its made out of snow. You are a smart lady...and now I want some leeks.

Kara said...

Well said. You have just as much of a right to humbug as others do to defend the myth. I personally think there is more magic in the spirit of Christmas rather then Santa and all that goes along with him. But again, to each his own!

andrea said...

will you please raise my children?

Rebecca said...

Regardless of what everyone has to say or believes, that was so well put and so beautifully written! Thank you for reminding me of some everyday magic.

Krista said...

Thanks for reminding me... this was beautiful!

Jamie said...

Miracles do happen- but life can't be fun without imagination. Isn't it funny- I know some of my favorite moments are pretending to be spiderman or a cop chasing a bad guy with my kids. I guess I just can't do without. I love Santa Claus. I love pretending all sorts of fun things with my children. But I do admit that life is beautiful, but Heavenly Father also gave us imagination. He wanted us to play and have fun, not just see things with our eyes, but see things inside. I am just finally getting to your blog because I have been sick. Godd thing I didn't see this during Christmas- Scrooge LOL!!! Remember you were a child once- didn't you ever pretend? Don't you ever pretend and believe in things such as fairies, unicorns, the Easter Bunny and other things that don't exist? Life isn't just about the real. Ok- sorry- you already know my opinion! But I do love you!

Jamie said...

OK- I know I just left a hug comment and I am the last person you want to hear from- but now Josh had some comments. He is wondering where all of this is coming from- especially as an artist that you don't let kids imagine. Every person can see a plant grow from a seed, but only with your imagination can you see a huge beanstalk grow up to the sky for Jack to climb up. Do you resent your parents for teaching you about Santa? Where is this all coming from?
OK- that is enough. It is just sad I think. As a parent you can teach a child the difference between Jesus and Santa. The world teaches horrible things about Jesus, so of course they are going to mesh things together- but you teach your children that there is a difference.
OK sorry- I am a huge fan of the imagination! Well, I am going to go dream of fairies right now (LOL!)

Jamie said...

OK- I know I just left a hug comment and I am the last person you want to hear from- but now Josh had some comments. He is wondering where all of this is coming from- especially as an artist that you don't let kids imagine. Every person can see a plant grow from a seed, but only with your imagination can you see a huge beanstalk grow up to the sky for Jack to climb up. Do you resent your parents for teaching you about Santa? Where is this all coming from?
OK- that is enough. It is just sad I think. As a parent you can teach a child the difference between Jesus and Santa. The world teaches horrible things about Jesus, so of course they are going to mesh things together- but you teach your children that there is a difference.
OK sorry- I am a huge fan of the imagination! Well, I am going to go dream of fairies right now (LOL!)