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He sees you when you're sleeping...

November 25, 2008 - Erin O'Neill
Now that's a creepy notion.

I never really understood how Santa was supposed to be able to see all the kids in the world whenever he wanted to and figure out who was bad and good. But I bought it all - the reindeer, the sleigh, the chimney, the toy shop, the elves - hook, line and sinker.

And now, apparently, so has my daughter.

I was hesitant to tell her about the fat guy at first but I learned it was basically inevitable. This man is seriously everywhere!

I am amazed at how much my daughter has picked up about Christmas between last year and this one. She gets it, man. And it's truly awesome to see the excitement in her eyes.

I haven't really wanted to celebrate the holidays for the past few years and it didn't really matter to her because she was too young. But now she gets excited about things that I have long since forgotten and it's nice to revisit them with her.

For instance, most everyone knows the classic Christmas cartoon about Rudolph and the Bumble Snow Monster. I think they still show it on TV. But I happen to own it. I mean, I watch it myself every year. But I lost the excitement of watching it a while ago. I was just going through the motions. Seeing it with her makes me remember watching it as a child and feeling the anticipation of the holiday boiling over in my stomach.

She is also obsessed with Christmas lights. Her enthusiasm makes me want to scope out every little holiday lighting ceremony or drive-through display just to watch her little face light up.

She can't wait to get the tree up (ugh!) or bake cookies for Santa. It's so wonderful and it's all coming back to me.

Now toy shopping? That's another blog altogether.


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