I can't have a rant today. You may want to rant ABOUT me though. My school holidays started. Three whole weeks of craft, eating, hot chocolate and cuddling up to loved ones. It's officially time to get festive. I'm just forgetting about the piles of marking for a while, and the mountain of cleaning because there is nothing that beats that holiday feeling.
So what am I talking about today? Well Santa, of course!
I absolutely love Christmas and genuinely believe, whole-heartedly in Santa. Ever since I was a kid, I've been up at 6am going through my stocking, eagerly waiting until I was allowed to go and wake up my parents. Parents, in case you don't know the wonder rule, then it's that all presents disappear if you're woken up before 8am. Just so you know. Even as an adult, I won't risk trying it!
Even when all the other kids at school stopped believing, I just couldn't do it. Between Santa and Jesus, Christmas is made just so magical by the spirit that they bring. There is nothing more wonderful than seeings someone's eyes light-up at a thoughtful gift or the laughter around the Christmas table as the family unite and spend proper time together, not in front of the TV, but playing games, exploring new gadgets and eating well. It's the only time of year we play charades and laugh until our bellies ache. When everyone is relaxed and in the right frame of mind.
Millions of people around the world keep the spirit of Santa alive. It's the goodwill he represents that sends me shopping for my relatives, warm with the feeling of Christmas spirit. Just because I take gifts home, wrap them and then deliver them myself, doesn't make Santa any less real. Not as he inspired me to beat the crowds.
When I see the jolly, red costume of a Santa Claus, joy warms my heart and I start to dream of Christmas morning, of making people smile and that full feeling right before you stuff the Christmas pudding. So I will be putting some milk and cookies out for the big man, and I'm sure that someone who loves me will eat them, just to make me happy. Because that is what Santa does, he inspires people to keep dreams, hopes and love alive.
Do you believe in Santa? What traditions do you have with your family at this time of year?
Merry Christmas everyone!