Certain people in our lives think we should be ‘honest’ with our kids and not encourage them to believe in Santa, a mythical man. Our kids our 8, 5, 3, 1 and 6 months. Our oldest, who also has autism, always questions ‘fairy tales’ and other make-believe as he is a completely literal thinker. Black or white, not gray. For the sake of his brothers, and the wonderful innocence and enjoyment they find in believing in make believe, we are working hard to keep the magic alive.
This is especially true at Christmas.
Bring Magic Into Your House, And Let The Kids Believe!
One thing we do around Christmas time (December the 1st to be exact) is to bring out ‘Buddy The Elf’ which is our family’s ‘Elf on the Shelf’. We started this a few years ago and it has proven to be so fun. What you do is place the box outside the door and ring the doorbell, without the kids knowing it is you. The kids answer and find The Elf, along with a book explaining that he was sent here from the North Pole to keep an eye on us till Christmas. Each night my husband or I find a place for Buddy to hide. He seems to get into a lot of mischief, taking bubble baths, toilet papering the chandelier, and building a fort out of blankets.
The kids search for him in the morning, but are careful not to touch him, as he loses his magic if children touch him.
Sound crazy? Sure, but it is really fun, and definitely a good way to convince the kids to behave, since Santa sent Buddy to make sure they stay on the ‘nice list’.
The other fun tradition we have to keep the magic alive is The Santa Video. I will let this video tell you how to make your own, personalized video.
I am sure that many of you reading this won’t agree with our practices to keep the magic in Christmas, but we are having fun with it, and so are our children!
Do you have any fun, magical traditions that you practice during the holidays?