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Broken Angels

As angels go it was pretty ugly— its cherubic smile rather disturbing. But my son bought it for me at the Dollar Store when he was four. His dad helped him wrap it and Alex was so excited for me to open it. “Open mine! Open mine!” he yelled on Christmas morning. So I carefully opened the lumpy package. The cheesy gold coating was already flaking off. “It’s an angel, Mommy.” Alex said. “A Christmas angel.”
I smiled and lied like all good mothers. “It’s beautiful, Alex. Thank you so much.”
The next year when I got out the Christmas decorations Alex watched carefully. I thought he might have forgotten about it but he didn’t. “Where’s the golden angel, Mom?”
So each year for the past 12 years that gaudy angel has dominated our Christmas display. Like an ungainly, ugly stepsister she hovered over her more lovely angelic companions.
Until tonight.
I asked Alex to pick up a pair of dirty socks from the living room. Instead of taking them to a laundry basket he opted to lob the socks over the top of the piano and down the stairs.
The socks connected with the angel and she went over the railing and smashed into tiny pieces.
“Uh. Sorry, Mom.” Alex said.
As angels go it wasn’t much to look at. But each year as Alex got older and busier, that angel seemed more beautiful.
Now I know that golden angels, like four-year-old boys are irreplaceable.


Do any of you have ornaments/decorations you once thought ugly, but now couldn’t bear to live without?






Spilling the Beans about Santa

I have a friend who told his kids from the time they were little that there was no such thing as Santa. He’s not one of those people who think Santa is the anti-Christ. He’s also not one to protest the commercialization of the holidays. He and his wife simply didn’t want to lie to their kids, he said.

In this San Jose Mercury News story,

<a href=“>Does the Santa Claus story need a makeover?</a> reporter Lisa Fernandez interviewed parents about their Santa practices at home. She also poses the question: “Is Santa an elaborate lie that is the ultimate symbol of the holiday’s commercialization? Or does he represent the imagination and innocence of childhood that should be preserved until puberty?”

About 96 percent of children younger than 5 think Santa is real, according to a poll conducted by a parenting group called Family Education. By the time they’re ages 8 to 10, more than half no longer believe.

As a child, did you write letters to Santa? How about your own kids? Do they believe? When did you spill the beans about Santa Claus?

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