Christmas has always been a huge deal in my family. There were only three of us (until Rob made four), but we always go all out for Christmas. A big part of our Christmas celebration is the idea of maintaining the "Christmas spirit", which my Mom still has as an adult of sixty-plus years young. I don't necessarily mean the religious aspect of Christmas, although that is certainly part of it, but more the spirit of Christmas in the vein of being able to hear the jingle bell in The Polar Express. This may sound silly to some of you, but such is the way in which we celebrate.
There is one Christmas that stands out in my mind. I had a serious internal debate going on about whether to write a letter to Santa Claus. I was old enough to know that Santa didn't fly around from house to house delivering presents, but I relished the magical idea of it all. My practicality won out and I didn't write a letter... and on Christmas morning I discovered a (somewhat harsh, at least by Christmas morning standards) letter FROM "Santa". The letter was just a reminder that you can hold the spirit of Christmas in your heart at any age. Needless to say, I wrote an umprompted letter to Santa the following year.
I was reminded of that Christmas today when Mr. Boddington's Studio sent an email out saying that they will respond to letters to Santa! While I am sure this is directed at eight-year-old children, I might just have to give it a try myself. Perhaps I'll get a cheerier letter this time around? And it is guaranteed to be on beautiful stationery.
You can address letters to Santa's New York outpost at:
c/o Mr. Boddington's Studio
210 West Twenty-Ninth Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Here's to holding the spirit of Christmas close to your heart at any age and to nice letters from Santa.