KG you shouldn't be concerned! My daughter is 14 now and couple years back she hit the nail right on the head, her comment was "dad, while santa brings gifts, Easter bunny brings eggs and while the tooth fairy leaves money I will always believe." and believing is one thing, but what more importnt is the giving, the love and the excitement of the ocassion, watching the joy on your childrens' faces and joy of sharing each others gifts, they to are now at an age where they like to give as well as receive. the gifts they give us their, parents may be small in monetary terms, the gift of love and enjoyment is far beyond any measurable tool. It's the simple things in life that make this time of year, the food, the togetherness, the sharing, the distant telephone call wishing you a merry christmas from a family member living on the other side of of this vast continent, but mostly watching your healthy 11 and 14 year old playing together with one their gifts, and when the kids thank you for having a great christmas, the loss of innocence of not believing in santa sinks into the distant past, KG maybe a sad but brief moment the life of a parent, but so much more to look forward to. Well to put an end to this rambling the proof the greatness of the day was at 2 am this morning when my wife and I finally settled into bed and she said what a wonderful day it was.
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