Me: So, what did you think of my favorite Christmas Movie, Elf?
Hank: I didn’t think I would like it more than Home Alone, but I laughed so hard and forever! For the whole MOVIE! That is my favorite movie now, but I am a little sad, too.
Me: How so?
Hank: (shy) I don’t know…
Me: I think you might, but you have to tell me. I cannot read your mind.
Hank: (pause) I am sad that Santa doesn’t come to our house.
Me: Oh, I see. You know, when I wrote that letter to Santa when you were born saying that I would handle Christmas and he could spend a little extra time with a kid who really needed some magic, I never thought that my magic wouldn’t be enough. I really do love making Christmas for you and Santa came last year when we were in London as he was already coming to visit your Prima (cousin) Daniela.
Hank: I know. (thinking) Mama, How long? How long is Santa at your house?
Me: On average: blink.
Me: Blink your eyes.
Me: That long.
Me: Yup. Magic. But because of kids like you, offering to let Santa skip their house for kids who need extra magic, he can stay a bit longer and that is how you have Santa sightings and stories like T’was the Night Before Christmas and people like Buddy Elf and songs like I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause, although that one is a bit more complicated. YOU are helping kids like Buddy Elf who desperately need magic and love. That is a big deal.
Hank:(thinking) Buddy Elf didn’t have parents did he? He lived in that place with all the caminhas (cribs).
Me: Yup. An Orphanage.
Hank: Oh… But it still is a little hard.
Me: I get that, helping people is not always easy, but I promise to make as much magic this year as I can. And I love making magic for you. It is my favorite thing, so to be honest I am being a little selfish. If you really want I can write to Santa and tell him to stop by.
Hank: (yawing) No, That’s ok. I’m ok now. But can we go to the store and get one of those things where you open the door and there is chocolate every day?
Me: An advent calendar?
Hank: Yes, please. I am thinking I’ve never had one of those before.
Me: Sure, darlin’.
Hank: Night mama, love yah. Chocolate will make me feel better, I think.
Me: Oh yah. Chocolate is medicinal.