Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Still Believe...


A few years ago I told GP that Santa didn't bring teenagers presents, he only brought presents to children and that parents were responsible for gifting to teenagers. He didn't believe me, so he went to talk it out with Santa on one of his weekend day trips with his Dad. Ummm. That was a problem, Gino had no idea what Santa had agreed to bring him. LOL

For the last few years I have been the Scrooge in my home (the "Non believer" in GP's eyes), so he has gone to talk with Santa "on the down low" with Gino. This year, Gino has moved away and GP asked me to take him to talk to Santa. 
I once again, explained that Santa will not bring him presents , and he once again gave me the "yeah, yeah, whatever you say" look, and explained, "I need to check on the naughty list". I asked him, "What about the naughty list?" and he explained that he needed to check that he WASN'T on the naughty list. OMG! That was the funniest thing ever... 
The saying, "Dear Santa, I can explain..." came to mind. I just had to laugh, and then I took him to "check" on that, LOL

This is GP having his "talk" with Santa this year. I think he was explaining his wrong-doings and hoping that he could talk his way off the naughty list. But I think he might have snuck in some "Amazon gift cards" in there, maybe after his remorseful speech.

Every year, when GP goes to see Santa and Santa hugs him and tells him whatever it is that he tells him that makes him light up like a Christmas tree, I receive a gift; a special gift that money cannot buy, the generosity of a stranger, who brings joy to my son's life. And every year I wonder if that Santa knows how much I love him, for putting on that suit and being so patient and attentive with my son... and for helping me believe in the magic of Christmas. 

It's the season of giving. I think so many people forget that the best gift is the one we can't buy... time, love, attention. 
I hope you receive them all this season...and you just might,
if you still believe.

16 comments:

trash said...

Oh wow Brenda! That is the spriit of Christmas right there. Would it be wrong if we emailbombed that store with gratitude for its ace Santa?

Dee Hill said...

Awesome!! That is a beautiful picture of GP with Santa!

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

I love this post! G.P. just brought a little believing to my heart today too! Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

So early in the morning and I'm in tears already. He's quite the young man that GP!
Love, generosity and kindness goes a long way in this world...

gmp said...

Oh Brenda, that is such a special story. Thank You for sharing it with all of us. I think it's great the GP wanted to talk directly to Santa himself! I hope you both have a wonderful Christmas this year.
Grace

Me and My Stitches said...

What a great picture and heartfelt post - love it!

Lynn Barbadora said...

Santa comes to ALL who BELIEVE in the MAGIC. It is no surprise to me what a "SPECIAL" son you have because a very SPECIAL, WONDERFUL , LOVING Mom raised him to be the young man he is today. Sometimes the GIFTS that we receive at Christmas can't be put in a box, wrapped and tied with a bow. Enjoy the MAGIC of this season......and I hope that SANTA brings everthing that GP has on his NICE list.
HUGS!

WoolenSails said...

This is such a touching post and it is those simple acts of love and kindness that bring joy to my heart and I always hope that I can bring a little of that to others.

Debbie

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Brenda,
Thank you for sharing, GP is a delight, it reminds me of seeing it through the eyes of a child. Merry Christmas, and how can you not believe with all your awesome home decorations.......8001

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful post!

Sylbak said...

I really don't "do" Christmas anymore. But your story about GP sure gave my heart that Christmas feeling! It is the small everyday things that are the most precious. That makes for Christmas everyday of the year. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

What a wonderful post!

Rosemary said...

that's awesome! I'm not ashamed to say I believed till about 8th grade, but I had younger siblings and my parents kept the hope alive as long as possible :) And yes, I was very sheltered! LOL!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I will never be to old to stop believing in Santa!

Ellen Manson said...

Great post and truly the spirit of Christmas is a huge part of your son's love of life. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!

Jenny said...

Oh.

My.

My.

Sitting here teary-eyed and thinking I wish I could give you a big hug!

So I just sent one.

I hope you felt it!