Christmas is a special time of year because of the palpable sense of magic and wonder. Every December, I look forward to building new memories and traditions while looking back with fond nostalgia at years past. I was flipping through an old photo album today and enjoyed looking at some photos from Christmas in the ’80s when I was a little kid!
When I was a child, I spent all of December excitedly anticipating the arrival of Santa on Christmas Eve. I would think about what special toy I wanted, like a Foofur doll – this was the 1980s, after all – then write my letter to Santa and tuck it under the tree with milk and cookies. Then, on Christmas morning, I would run to the tree to find cookie crumbs on an empty plate next to the gifts that Santa had brought me!
One of the most magical Christmas experiences I had was when I was around 4, and we had traveled to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house to spend the holiday. I got into my Glow Worm sleeping bag by the tree – again, this was the ’80s – and as I was drifting off to sleep, I heard the distinct sound of bells and knew that Santa’s sleigh was approaching to land on the roof! When I woke up the next morning, Santa had left me a handwritten letter with a patch of red felt attached. In the letter, he explained how this was a piece of fabric from one of his old suits. It was so magical to touch that piece of fabric and know that it had come from Santa’s own suit!
It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed since that night, and that I’m now in my 30s! When I was a child, I used to hate the idea of growing up because I thought that I wouldn’t be able to have fun anymore. If I had a time machine, I would love to comfort my child self by letting her know that 33-year-old me spent last Christmas Eve watching the Power Rangers holiday special, so things really haven’t changed much! Growing up doesn’t mean that you have to lose the magic of Christmas. And any time I start feeling old, I just remind myself that Santa himself is 1,746 years old and is still just as spry as ever! To help get you into the Christmas spirit, I recommend checking out this fun Santa FAQ for more trivia and fun factoids on everything Kris Kringle.
What is your favorite memory of Santa?