Michelle - posted on 12/24/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
I just wanted to post something that we have done that has been truly wonderful for my family and friends. My son doesnt play with toys. He doesnt care about opening presents. He doesnt understand waiting in lines and waiting for pictures. But he loves Santa so 10 years ago we started having Santa lunch. We bought a suit and invited Santa over to our house for lunch. It has developed into an incredible tradition. My son (13 yrs who is mentally about 4), my 9 year old, and our neighbors join together at noon on a Sunday in December. We eat kid friendly food and they wait at the window. Santa comes loaded with bags of small little gifts (each family brings one for each child - little things). Santa comes in to a room of screaming children. He greets them, gathers them and reads them a story then each child sits on his lap, smiles for a picture and opens one of the presents out of the bag. Then they go to their parents to open the rest of the presents. Santa sits with Andrew who 'talks' to him in his own way. Andrew touches Santa and is so excited he almost explodes. Everyone respects Andrew's time with Santa. Then he gives hugs and love and goes home. The whole thing only lasts for 2 hours but it is magical for every child and adult there. As some of the children are aging out of the Santa they still come, still hold their breath and still say how much they love Santa lunch. It honors Andrew. It honors the spirit and is truly amazing for all of us. I wanted to let other mothers know in case it could help with some of those Santa issues so many of us have dealt with. God Bless and Merry Christmas!