Mommy…they say they don’t believe in Santa!

Well, I kind of knew this was coming.  Alex was very upset last week after school.  It seems some of his friends told him there was no Santa.  Just to bring you up to date with Alex…he celebrated his first Christmas at age 5 1/2 after we adopted him from Russia.  That Christmas didn’t mean too much too him as he didn’t speak English and it was pretty overwhelming.  Each Christmas after that, he began to understand the concept of Christmas…even the religious aspect of it.  And even though Alex technically is 9 years old he is physically and mentally about age 7.  He is even in a class with first grade level students this year and is doing great.  Most of his friends at home range in age from 7 – 11…and that is where the problem lies.

I am not sure why kids have to tell kids everything…maybe to show they are not babies anymore.  However, Alex has had so few Christmas’s to enjoy the concept of ‘Santa’ that I had hoped we could squeeze another year or so out of it.  His enthusiasm for the holidays is a pleasant relief to the ‘ho-hums’ from teenagers and older.

So I asked him what he thought about Santa.  He said, “Of course I believe in Santa!”, in a very determined voice.  ‘Well then”, I said, “that’s great, because once you stop believing than Santa can no longer come to your house.”  But the truth of the matter is, Santa always came to our house, even after Kellen no longer believed.  And I think Kellen hung onto that belief longer because of the fear he may lose out on ‘Santa’ gifts once he declared his disbelief.

So, just like the newspaper reported 100 years ago or so…Yes, Alex, there is a Santa Claus! He lives in all of us.  With Thanksgiving this week and family all heading to our house, the excitement will be high in Alex’s life.  (He loves having his older brothers home!)  With a touch of snow on the ground this morning, he is definitely thinking of Christmas now.  I just hope we can keep that extra sparkle of happiness alive here this holiday season.  Alex and I met Santa two years ago here in Lake Co., IL.  Below is his photo!  He touched Alex with his story of how badly he felt he couldn’t come to his orphanage in Russia, but wanted him to know he always cared about him.  Check out his site…  Santa Believes in Kids!

How did you tell your kids about Santa Claus…and about how old were they?

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach….




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