Dec 242012
Santa letter

We leave the cookies, he leaves the letter.

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!  Being as “in” with the Big Guy as I am (okay, fine, he’s kind of ticked at me after sending that slew of more challenging requests his way this year), he agreed to work his Christmas magic and send me a copy of the letter he will leave tonight for my kids (and neurotic dog) a little early so I could share it with all of you.  Since he’s truly The Stuff, he kind of knows exactly how this evening is going to go down before it even happens.  He’s a pretty funny guy, too.

And here’s sending a very special thanks to my dad, who may have been the force behind similarly special personalized letters written to my sister and me for years.  And he may have had something to do with this one too 😉

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful holiday, my readers.


Hi Isaac, Elyse, and Bailey:

I bet you are surprised to see this printed letter. This year I have equipped my sleigh with a state of the art laptop and wireless printer so that I can become part of the high tech world that every body else is in. Save the old hand written letters that you have as a reminder of the good old days.

Isaac and Elyse, I remember when I met you both at the fire hall Santa breakfast a few weeks ago.  Isaac, I hope that the red dinosaur car I brought you is just like the one you asked for. Elyse, you were not very talkative, but I know what toys to bring to little girls like you.

Bailey, it was good to not see you. I appreciated that the gate at the top of the steps was shut. You appear to be a very good dog and I think it is great that you and Elyse get along so well. However, having a big brown dog sniffing around when I am trying to get presents out of my sack doesn’t make me really happy and my reindeer are not really fond of brown or any other color dogs.

My reindeer and I were also concerned that Bailey and other members of your family have not been friendly to foxes over the last year which we believe may be indicative to an aversion to animals other than dogs. I noticed that there were no signs of any cats in your house. I like cats a lot.

I really appreciate your nice roomy fireplace and the fact that your tree is conveniently located next to it for the placement of presents. I also liked your new sofa. I took a short nap on it and it was very comfortable.

Isaac, I am glad you enjoy going to preschool and I heard that your Christmas program was really special and fun and that you were really good at making the motions for your song. Elyse, it is neat that you have some special alone time with Mom when Isaac is at school.

It is really great that you both enjoy Longwood Gardens and playing in the water fountains. The indoor fountains are fun, but it will be good when it gets warm outside again and you can also play in the outside fountain. It will also be good when spring comes and you will have more chances to go to your Grandpa’s and play in the park. Isaac, you are really good at climbing on things and Elyse, I think that you are the loudest kid on the playground most times.

The milk and cookies that you left for me were great. I also believe that you have some great home brewed beer at your house. Next year a glass of that along with the milk and cookies would be great. Also tell your Aunt A and Uncle Jeremy that it would be good if they would put a glass of their beer out for me also. Isaac and Elyse, I would really like it if next year you would each draw or color a picture for me and leave it with the milk, cookies and beer.

I hope that you all have a good year in 2013 and I look forward to stopping by your house again next Christmas.


Christmas with Grandpa 2011 @meredithspidel

We love you, Grandpa!

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Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, dedicatedly earning her title one epic parenting fail at a time. When her kids aren't busy pummeling each other with Legos or requiring their 16th sippy cup refill of the day, she tries to offer quick, relatable laughs for fellow parents of the world and all their empathizers. She remains entirely terrified by crafts, promises to never share any useful household tips, and is fully committed to a less serious look at the world of parenting.

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  20 Responses to ““Santa’s” Letter to My Kids”


    The letter was so cute and loved how Grandpa may have had a hand in it!! Adorable pic of your kids and Grandpa :) Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!


      Janine, I appreciate all of your sweet and thoughtful comments so much. Thanks for checking in and Merry Christmas to you and your family!


    How lucky did we get to have a dad that knows Santa?! :)


    What a fantastic family tradition. I hope Santa gets his well-earned beer next year :)

    Merry Christmas!


    Cute! Have you seen the portable north pole site? We don’t really do Santa with the boys, but I made them videos anyway because it was so sweet.


    I love the letter idea! It made my heart squeeze to see the kids with your dad. My kids are close to my dad, too. I think this might be a tradition I need to start. Great idea!


    how cool is that!!! merry Christmas and a blessed new year :)


    I’m not so sure about the beer thing?? Could you imagine what would happen to Christmas if you got Santa drunk!?!? ;0) Have a Merry Christmas!


    Totally posted a comment and didn’t put my name…how stalker-like is that?! Merry Christmas to all of you! We miss you guys…coffee date in the New Year?! xoxo


    Great letter!! I love the beer idea… the poor guy needs something more than cookies and milk!! Hope you enjoyed your holiday!


      I can only imagine after a night like this that a little relaxing might be in order! Ha! Hope you guys had a wonderful day too :)


    Just happened on this now and LOVE it – laughed the whole way through! (Also think Mr. K. is pretty cute! :)

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