Missing Santa Claus

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Our family missed Santa Claus this year.

Ever since we moved to Vermont seven years ago, our family has attended the “Very Merry Middlebury” festivities in downtown Middlebury on the first Saturday of December. This annual celebration, designed to welcome the winter holiday season, includes a hot chocolate hut, horse-drawn carriage rides, a scavenger hunt for themed ornaments in Main Street’s shop windows, and various craft fairs. The Sheldon Museum’s spectacular model train diorama is open to the public, as are the impressive entries in the Vermont Folklife Center’s gingerbread creation contest. Inspired children can make (and eat) their own graham cracker “gingerbread” houses at Ilsley Public Library.

Santa Claus himself begins the day, riding into Middlebury atop a town fire engine.

We look forward to the Very Merry Middlebury tradition every year. But this year, there was some consternation among the adults in our family when we noticed that the schedule listed Santa’s arrival at 9:15 AM.

Click here to continue reading this week’s “Faith in Vermont” column in The Addison Independent.

2 responses »

  1. Wow! We had Santa sneak into our house too. Despite being totally frank with Thomas from the earliest possible age, he believed in Santa. So did Mark. I am not sure about Peter. I remember my own devastation of finding out Santa was fictional in a picture dictionary in first grade, seeing Santa along side photos of the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, both of whom I knew were my parents. This is a powerful article. Brace yourself for reactions….strong reactions. I think it was fantastic for differentiating between christmas and Christmas because even Christians have combined the two, after all we are good Americans above all else!

    • Interestingly, since I wrote this, we decided to tell the girls the truth. Had the conversation last night and it was so interesting. The oldest girls took it hardest — not because they really believed (they said they’d kind of known it wasn’t true), “but it was just nice to believe.” An hour later, though, this: “I’m still kind of sad, but I’m also kind of glad that you told us so that we can just focus on God now.”

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