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How Do You Keep the Holiday Magic Alive?

It's almost time for Santa's big visit.

With less than two weeks until Christmas, has been making a list and checking it twice.

Santa is certainly a big topic in my house with four children. As the kids grow up, we try to help keep the holiday magic alive. 

It's funny how Santa does things differently at different houses. Talking with some friends, I found that at some houses he wraps the presents, at some he unpacks them from their boxes and leaves them ready to go under the tree. 

My husband and I talked about how Santa did things for us when we were little (wrapped at my house, unwrapped at his) and wondered how he would leave things for our kids. 

How far does Santa go at your house? Does he ? Make phone calls? Do you visit ? Do you about Santa and Christmas? Does his looming visit creep into your disciplinary tactics? 

Michelle Petroccio December 15, 2011 at 01:37 PM
My kids are past the "believing stages", but they still follow traditions we have always had since they were little. We still leave out food, cookies and milk for Santa because he and Mrs Claus are usually up very late wrapping and sorting their presents. They still wake us up before dawn in the excitement of Christmas morning, and they still make us a Christmas wishlist. As each one got older and changed beliefs, we always instilled in them "This is the best and biggest secret of all, you had the chance to enjoy it, don't take that magic from your brothers or sister". Now that they have little cousins, they keep the magic alive and get so excited telling them stories, making Reindeer Dust for them to spread, and picking out presents for them!
Michelle Petroccio December 15, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Recipe dfor Reindeer Dust...In a zip lock bag, 1 package of instant oatmeal, 3 tablespoons of sugar, a handful of raisins, and any left over cereal crushed up that you may have, add some colored sparkles and shake! The story goes that when you are just about ready for bed, you must go utside and sprinkle the magic dust on your front yard. The Reindeer will need the sparkles to go faster, and use them for the magic light to get to your house. When they get there, they will drop santa on your roof, and go into your yard to eat the magic dust because they are hungry. They getr more energy from it to hurry to the next house. The secret is that you must go right to sleep after you sprinkle the dust!
Jenn McCulloch December 15, 2011 at 07:06 PM
that is so great Michelle!!
Jenn McCulloch December 15, 2011 at 07:07 PM
We haven't tried this one yet, though my kids love any excuse to play with glitter!
Michelle Petroccio December 16, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Jenn, it's as much fun for you as it is for them! One year, we made it to be shared with all of the kids in the pre-school and kindergarten classes (with the teacher's approval before hand of course). The kids all thought it was bigger than ice cream!

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