Tuesday, 7 December 2010
A little bit of Christmas magic
"We trust Santa to get us some nice surprises," said H8 with heavy emphasis on the 'trust' bit. Hmm.
R7 accompanied her sister with an enigmatic smile.
Then yesterday two jolly envelopes arrived with the postman (stoically on foot as our driveway still resembles the Cresta run), one for each girl, postmarked Lapland. They were intrigued.
In it Santa told them he had lovely surprises for them and their friends, who were named, and that he knew about our chimney and was looking forward to whooshing down it on Christmas Eve.
"How does Santa know about my best friend?" said R7 wide-eyed. Best friends are quite changeable at this age and Santa knew the current favourite.
I am definitely coming to your house on Christmas Eve, wrote Santa in H8's letter, is there something you would like me to bring for you? Now let's see, you have a nice wide chimney so I can whoosh down into the fireplace without getting stuck.
H8 was very impressed indeed with that. We have an enormous Cimne Fawr. So that's how he's been getting in all these years.
You'll have a lovely surprise on Christmas Day, he added in R7's letter. When children make a special Christmas wish the wind brings their wishes all the way to the North Pole and whispers those wishes in my ear.
They were quietly thrilled with that. We always put their letters to Santa in the wood burner and send them to the North Pole using the medium of fire, sending the words on the wind as smoke. Obviously our method of communication works.
The got out paper and pens and wrote letters back to Santa.
Thank you for all of my presents over the years, wrote H8.
How did you know about my best friend? asked R7 (who still can't get her head round that one.)
So through the medium of the internet I would just like to record a colossal Christmas-sparkly thank you to Santa (and to his little helper) for a lovely bit of Christmas magic.