To My Daughter On The First Christmas She Doesn't Believe In Santa

December 16, 2014 8:40 PM

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You sang last night in your first holiday show. You belted out the words you practiced, and performed all of the carefully planned hand motions at just the right moment. You stood with your friends and before you started, you all held hands. As you started to sing, your joy was palpable, your grins wide. And that first grade joy? It spread to all of the adults sitting around me.

I thought it would be hard when you no longer had the innocent happiness and excitement that Santa brings to kids during the holidays. I thought I'd mourn the passing of your complete trust in me, in your ability to buy into the idea of the impossible. I thought I'd be sad when we talked about prese...

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