I decided to go headfirst into this whole Santa thing, and you know what? I’m SO GLAD I DID. Last year Hallmark sent me a pack of Northpole Magic Mail but I didn’t do it for whatever overwhelming reason. Tonight I pulled it out as a test, I gave the wish list to Addie and asked her to fill it out for the entire family.

“Vivi! What do you want Santa to bring you?”


“What else?”


Addie took that as her cue to fill up the other 27 lines with her requests. She squeezed in a few for Cody, the cats and me at the end as well.

The thing about this paper, you have to put it somewhere cold and a magic message shows up. I wasn’t quite sure how to convince Addie her letter to Santa had to go in the freezer, but I took a deep breath and said “Hey, you know how everyone travels through fireplaces in Harry Potter? Well, Santa is trying out something new this year, he’s using freezers to get his mail this year. So when you’re done you have to put your letter in the freezer and sing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” while knocking on the door.”

She totally did it.

She opened the door immediately and was bummed the letter hadn’t disappeared. I made her wait another minute then open the door.

“It’s still here! It’s not gone!”

“Well, freezer mail is kind of new, there’s probably still some bugs to work out. Does it look any different?”


christmas card.

In that moment of squealing  joy I’m so glad I didn’t break the news to her, she still wholeheartedly believes. She’s not doing it for me or for Vivi’s benefit, the kid *believes.* Cody looked at me from across the table with a “Uh-huh, who was right on that one?” look.

He was totally right.

The message disappears completely after being outside the freezer for a minute or two, so the rest of the evening was spent with our two little girls putting their letter in and out of the freezer, out of their minds with excitement.

If you have little kids you need to get some of this stuff, and you can totally use my freezer mail story because it’s brilliant. We have last year’s version, which means I’m going to be getting this year’s version so I’m all caught up for next year. $7.95, seriously.

While I’m all high on Christmas spirit, decorating our tree the other night with Vivi was the absolute best. She’s old enough now that she doesn’t just throw the ornaments at the tree hoping they’ll stick. The John Elway ornament I bought Cody our first month together always goes on first, front and center. Addie has amassed quite the collection of ornaments over the last 10 years (she chose Elsa this year, normally our tradition is to go into Hallmark the day after Thanksgiving and pick out our annual ornaments but when I saw the pre-order option back in July, I jumped on that.) Vivi chose Olaf this year and if you come over she’ll probably make you give him a warm hug.

Christmas Photo Attempt 2013

Vivi puts our nativity to bed every night and each day Addie explains how many days until Christmas (and her birthday) are remaining.

I’m excited for this year, and I have Cody and your comments to thank for that. So thank you, sometimes we think our comments go unnoticed on the blogs we read, but I assure you every one gets read and they really do matter. It may sound stupid, but Addie still believes in Santa because people spoke up and told me I was wrong.


  1. Sarah Wilcox says:

    Love your post. What an exciting thing. Cleaver thing with the whole Santa’s trying something new this year.
    Have you heard of the new Christmas game, Stella Nova, Journey of the Magi, that Keeps Christ in Christmas too, but in a fun family game way?
    check it out @ StellaNovagame.com
    Well worth the time to look at it.

  2. I didn’t weigh in on your last posts – I don’t have kids, and honestly while I say I would keep the “spirit alive” as long as possible, have no idea what I would do in your position…but reading this, makes me smile. I do have to agree that there is something magical about a child’s belief in santa. When my sister and I questioned santa – my mom told us that anytime we wanted to stop believing was ok with her – but that santa would no longer come. Needless to say at 24, I still “believe.” If for nothing else, for the magic it creates in children such as your girls. Enjoy the season 🙂

  3. Yay!!! That is awesome. I am loving the Freezer Mail thing!!! Our Elf may need to bring us some…Enjoy making memories with your little ones (even if they aren’t all that little anymore- why do they have to keep growing up?)!!!

  4. LIbby in WI says:

    Well this made me all teary! I’ve been a fan/stalker since Addie was a wee one and this is just AWESOME! You totally need to get Cody the shirt with Santa on it that’s says “don’t stop believin'” and then sing Journey every time he wears it. I may or may not have said shirt, along with my brother in law and we torture my sister!

    Also I don’t have my own kids, but I have a niece and nephew who are 4 and another niece who’s almost 3 and they are all very excited for Santa this year. My youngest niece is positive Santa is ‘cited to see her and she can’t wait to see what he puts in her stockers. I never ever want them to get big enough to have “the talk” with them.

  5. My daughter picked that out at Walgreens the other day, and since she’s been such a good helper while I’ve been stuck on crutches, I obliged (even though I thought she’d think it was totally fake and hokey).
    She shows EVERYONE that comes over Santa’s response to her letter. It’s adorable.

  6. heads up: lead in xmas lights. no safe level of lead.