Christmas is always magical, but this year I want it to be uber-magical with extra sparkles & a sprinkling of gold dust.  Why? Because I’m afraid it may be our last with Mademoiselle as a true believer.

I was struck by Sara’s post over at Mumturnedmom & how she broke the news about mythical Santa to her eight & a half years old son – you must read it; it’s beautiful.

Sara’s boy is just a year older than Mademoiselle. Online research suggest the average age of disbelieving is between 8 – 9 years old.  *Gulp, holds back a tear*

Then again I am asking Mademoiselle to believe that Father Christmas is a man who surrounds himself with other magical elves & fairies, who travels around the world faster than the speed of light, carrying a sleigh which magically refills itself with toys whilst being pulled along by a group of mammals and lets himself into our house & eats our food all in the middle of the night.  Ok, now that does sound weird, but that’s it in a nutshell.

But Father Christmas is based in fact.  St. Nicholas was a real fella, providing gifts to the poor so there is some truth in that part of the story.  But it’s the other elements that have added layers of “magic” to Christmas which makes the believing more complex.

Our magical elf, Ellis Elfington, reports their behaviour to Santa each night, according to Mademoiselle.  Our trip to see Father Christmas is still the talk of the dinner table and opening the advent calendar and being one step closer to Christmas each day is so exciting !

Her imagination goes off at a thousand tangents at a gazillion miles an hour, a bit like a rogue firework.  She still believes in fairies.  In fact, if you ask her she is a fairy and she tells me tales of her adventures during the night.

But she does go to school and is influenced by her peers.  So it may well only be a matter of time that she analyses the ‘magic’ and looks at it logically.  But if this is our last year, I want to engender in her the sense that Christmas magic is actually within us all; the way we engage with others, our acts of kindness and the warmth of being with family and togetherness.  So even if there isn’t a jolly man with a white beard climbing down our chimney his spirit would still live on.

Which is why this year I want to make sure she enjoys every minute of the magic of Christmas, embraces it and ignores the chatter of the playground.  I’m not ready to say goodbye to Ellis Elfington, the flying reindeers or jolly old Santa and neither, I hope, is she.


elf crumbs on a plate

* Headline Santa photo courtesy of Jonathan G Meath & his portrail of Father Christmas

I’m linking to #The Prompt over at Sara’s Mumturnedmom which this week is CHRISTMAS


Sara says “a piece of writing can convey information, knowledge, emotion; it can take us to places we’ve never been and change our world view. It can make us cry or it can make us laugh. It can challenge our perceptions, our misconceptions. It can teach us” – and I agree. She ‘prompts’ bloggers with a word and they write what it means to them. Some of the prompts do what Sara set out to do, they make me stop and think. So I’ve decided to give it a go.

Now, I don’t profess to be a seasoned, eloquent writer at all so use this #ThePrompt, as a springboard to discover those who are!

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  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    I am so glad that my husband did the whole nine yards of the Santa thing. Printing letters from Santa and stickers saying he visited the house. Christmas magic makes it more fun =)


    • MummyShire

      Oh that’s so sweet that he did it, and we’ve done it too. Mainly because the children are so very excited and because, as my daughter is now 7yo, she may not be a believer next year so we wanted to make the magic really magical this year!
      I hope you had a gorgeous Christmas, Merlinda xx

  • Louise

    Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the magic this year – it must be hard when they get to the age when the magic starts to diminish but hope this year is full of it 🙂

    • MummyShire

      Thanks Louise. I think I’ve tried to make this year as full of the magic and excitement of Christmas as possible and we’ve had a lovely time. Either way, I hope that she understands that the magic comes from within so it will always be special. Christmas always is special, isn’t it?!
      Lovely to see you and have a lovely Christmas

  • Chrissie (@rantybeast)

    But… But… He is real! Right?
    Santa is only a little bit of the magic of Christmas. There’s still presents and chocolate… And did I mention presents?
    As a kid I thought he was real so he could bring me all the things I wanted. As a grown up I wish he was real because I keep getting “i hope Santa got the right list this year. Last year he brought me all the wrong things.” sigh. I can’t help but think that sometimes it would have been easier to just tell her.
    Anyway, hope you have a great Christmas x

    • MummyShire

      Oh no; the challenge of having to deal with a daugther who things Santa got his list muddled up must be a tricky one. I haven’t encountered that one yet…It is strange how they interpret things. When my boy saw Father Christmas he asked him for a reindeer. Now, with three days to go how on earth am I going to square that circle??!
      I do hope you have a lovely Christmas and that Santa and your daughter manage to work off the same list this year!!

  • Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    I hope the magic lasts a little longer for you all. Monkey is in total wonderment with it all this year and it’s just so lovely to watch him. It’s a lovely time of year and I’m a big kid when it comes to Christmas.

    • MummyShire

      It is a wonderful time of year, and the window of opportunity we have with the children is relatively small. Little Mister (3) is getting it this year although only just. Mademoiselle (7) still gets it but for how long? A relatively short window but whilst its there we are indulging and loving it! Our Elf has really caught their imagination this year and has brought a new sense of magic into the house. It is lovely and I’m enjoying it too – probably why I don’t want it to end, either!!
      Enjoy your time with Monkey, every day is so precious xx

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Beautiful, beautiful post Tracey. It’s all about the magic isn’t it, wherever that magic comes from. Thank you so much for mentioning my post about Santa, and I hope that you can hold on to her belief for a little while longer. Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt. Have a wonderful Christmas xx

    • MummyShire

      For you that’s very kind words. Thank you
      It has been lovely joining in with #ThePrompt, I just wish I was more organised to do it more often
      Still, that’s what new years’ resolutions are for!
      Have a lovely time Sara, and I’m glad you’re relieved to be on the home straight
      Much love xx xx

  • Mel

    Same here; it’s probably the last year little man will believe in Father Christmas. I love what Sara did, too!

    • MummyShire

      How Sara phrased it is pure genius – something I’m going to hang on to for when it’s my time to explain it all. I’m hoping that we have one more year with Mademoiselle, because she seems to enjoy it so much and also because we have Little Mister
      Still, let’s wait and see what happens next year
      Have a lovely Christmas with your new family

  • John Adams

    My eldest is a big believer, but even at the age of five she has asked one or two probing questions. I’m not sure she’s going to believe much beyond six. Have a great Christmas!

    • MummyShire

      It is a relatively short window we have with them, isn’t it. On one hand we want them to be questioning, curious, probing, but on the other we want them to be all accepting about a magic being called Santa! Hey ho. Enjoy this Christmas, I hope it’s magical for you and your family xx

  • mummyshambles

    This is so wonderfully written!
    Always a sad moment in a parents life to know that the magic is gone. *sniff* X

    • MummyShire

      Wowsers! What a response and a very kind one too. Thank you
      Yes, time moves on so very quickly. At 3, I think they’re really just getting the Santa thing and by 8ish it’s gone – a relatively short window.
      Still, there are other ways to find the magic within Christmas and I only hope that when Mademoiselle does finally become a non-believer she can embrace myth and keep it alive for her brother!
      Thanks so much for popping over xx
      (and sorry it’s taken me so long to reply…!)

  • Maddy@writingbubble

    I feel the same way about the magic of Christmas! My eldest is 7 1/2 too and I’m wondering how much longer he will believe in Father Christmas for… I hope we might have another magic Christmas next year but who knows? I love your idea that Christmas Magic is within us all though – a lovely message. I also love #ThePrompt – for me, it inspires many pieces of fiction. Happy Christmas! xx

    • MummyShire

      Gosh, we have children the same age. It is such a magical time of year I can’t imagine what it’ll be like without the tall tales and the visits to see Santa. Fingers crossed for another year of it! xx
      Have a lovely Xmas xx

    • MummyShire

      Maddy we’re clearly on the same page! Do have a lovely Christmas and I’ll see you next year for #ThePrompt
      Have a lovely time with your family xx

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