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A Letter to Santa

Around this time last year, my preschooler was almost 4 years old. He wrote his first letter to Santa then. Well, actually he told me what he wanted to say and I wrote it out for him. Then we sent it off to Santa at the North Pole (a.k.a. my sister's house) and after a couple of weeks, my sister Santa sent a letter back to him. I had made an authentic looking letter from Santa on my computer and emailed it to her. Jake wasn't as impressed as I thought he would be when he received the reply in the mail. I hope this year will be different.

This year, Jake is almost 5. He could hardly read or write last year, but this year he can quite a bit. He actually wrote out the whole letter to Santa all on his own. All I had to do was spell out the words for him. Stupid me forgot to take a picture of it before he folded it up and stuffed it into an envelope. You probably wouldn't have been able to make out what it said anyways. He has an affinity for not leaving spaces between his words.

Why do I have him write his letter to Santa right after Halloween? Well, there is a reason for it. It is because I want him to tell me what he wants for Christmas from Santa before Christmas gets too close plus, once he sends off the letter, he cannot change his mind. He also asks for one toy each on behalf of his little brother and sister. I'm lucky that he always takes my suggestions about that because the toys have already been purchased.

I am just amazed how just one year ago, Jake could barely read or write and how one year makes such a difference in a young child's life. Then I was wondering at what age will all this magic of Santa Claus start to dwindle for him? I must enjoy each year until that time comes. After all, that magic is my favorite part about Christmas.