Saturday, December 24, 2011

Reindeer get hungry too...

Gorgeous helped the girlies make reindeer snacks before we left tonight. These reindeer are going to have some glittery poo when they get back to the north pole!

Reindeer Snack
4 scoops oatmeal
1 scoop red glitter
1 scoop green glitter
1 scoop gold glitter
shake in bag until nicely mixed

Four bags of reindeer snacks... even Siobain wanted to make some.

The Sebastians are sleeping at Gorgeous' tonight so we got to watch them sprinkle their reindeer snack before we left.

I think the wind caught Mia's and she glittered her face...

My girlies sprinkled theirs when we got home.

I was excited that I was able to capture the glitter in the air for all the girlies.


Some pondering... reindeer, a fat jolly man, wish lists... I've struggled with this for years. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus our savior.  When Siobain was four the commercialism of Christmas really started bothering me. That while celebrating one of the most important things in our life we lie to our children. If I could do it all over again I would have explained that the character of Santa came from a real man, Saint Nicholas, who would give secret gifts... But the man in the red suit doesn't do that today. There are modern day "Saint Nicholas" who give secret gifts and donate time and money to the less fortunate, like we do with the angel tree gifts... and some of them might wear the white-trimmed-red-suit... but mainly they are just wonderful people who give because they can. I feel a rift between the "spirit" of Santa and the modern ho ho ho that children know today. 

So why do I continue to perpetuate Santa? Because parenting is a two person job and hubby felt strongly on Santa's side.  And my children were already swept into the romantic notions. So we try to balance things as much as possible. 

But if I had it to do over again...

It's 11:30 and hubby and I are about to begin the work of Santa for our beautiful girls.

Merry Christmas! Celebrate Jesus' birth by giving your loved ones gifts that bring them joy... even if it is "Santa" delivery them. :)

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