Santa is the Best!

I had to sit back and smile when Alex, now 8, announced after opening his Christmas gifts, “Santa is the best!”.  This is from a kid that just a few years ago was in an orphanage at Christmas…a day just like every other day.  I remember when he first came home to us at 5 1/2 and he had to be shown how to open a present since he had never seen one before.  His first two Christmas’s with us were fun, yet he didn’t really understand what was going on and that he could actually ask for presents and maybe even get them. 

This year he was thrilled to help put up the tree and go through the ornaments making us look at each one as he recalled memories of them from before.  So now he has Christmas memories…and it is a great thing.  He was still a little afraid of Santa but did ask him for Star Wars stuff…and he got a lot of it.  He pretty much ran on adrenaline on Christmas and was not hungry all day.  He ate almost nothing all day.

He really enjoyed having Brandon home for the holidays.  Brandon got a kick out of showing Alex the Santa Radar on the computer on Christmas Eve.  About an hour after Alex had gone to bed he came back down and told Brandon he needed to check on where Santa was again before he went to sleep.  Brandon eagerly took him to the office for a quick peek at the computer.  It was decided he was getting pretty close and better get to sleep.  It amazes me that he goes for that line and knows that the rest of us are playing board games in the dining room until almost midnight (we aren’t very quiet at these games!)

I hope you had a nice Christmas with your family.  Please remember that there are millions of orphaned kids still waiting for families…you can help them when online shopping if you set up an account at and set your account to give a percentage to (which gives directly to orphanages).  Every little bit helps!  If you are going to shop online anyways, might as well help an organization that helps others in need.

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