The Magic & Mystery of Santa Claus


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Remember how excited you were about Santa Claus when you were a young child?

I certainly do.

Santa Claus was a man of mystery. How could this jolly old man travel the world and deliver presents to every good little boy and girl in the whole world in one night? How did his sleigh fly without fail? How many reindeer did he have? How did he and the elves have time to make millions of toys in only one year?

But the magic that is Santa Claus, that is something you cannot bottle or buy.

When I was a young child I know that I asked my parents a lot of questions about this mysterious man in red. I remember vividly my dad taking us down to the basement to peer into the wood furnace. Dad explained to my brother and I that this was where Santa would enter our house. We did not have a fireplace so we were concerned about how Santa would deliver our presents (we only had a chimney). The next logical question was would Santa catch fire if we had wood burning inside the furnace? Dad quickly said that he would make sure that the fire was out before we all went to bed on Christmas Eve. Santa would not get hurt bringing us our most sought after treasures.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been on the receiving end of many curious questions about Santa Claus from my five year old Little Man. He is super curious with how Santa is going to make it safely into our house.

Luckily for Santa, our fireplace has not been used at any point in the nine years we have lived in this house. The husband was supposed to get the chimney and fireplace inspected but the “guy” never showed up.

“Mom, how does Santa get into our house?”

” Santa will get in through our fireplace monkey.”

“But how does he open the fireplace?”

“See there, there is a door on the front of our fireplace. He will open the curtain and then the glass doors and climb out into our living room. Christmas Eve we are going to have to make sure to move all of your toys from in front of the fireplace so that Santa does not trip and fall over them.”

“Good idea Mommy!”

Then another question…

“Mommy, where will Santa park his big sleigh? And what about the reindeer?”

“They all land on top of our house. And then Santa will climb down the chimney to get into our house.”

“They can all fit up there?”

“Yes, they will.”

“How does Santa get down the chimney?”

“Santa is magical, he can fit through any thing. He will slide down our chimney and come out of the fireplace with your presents.”

“But, how does he leave our house?”

“Santa will climb back up through the chimney where his sleigh and reindeer will be waiting for him.”

“Ok mommy.”

Oh to be a kid again and believe in the magic and mystery of Santa Claus.

More of my posts regarding Christmas and the holidays can be read at Our Little Christmas, Memories of Christmases Past, and Our New Christmas Tradition.

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Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. Catherine (@AlwaysARedhead)
    December 23, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    No matter what age my children are (currently 20, 22, & 25) Santa is still alive and kicking in our house.

  2. Christine
    December 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    I remember having these questions, too. I especially remember when I started to “realize” that my Dad’s handwriting looked a lot like Santa’s when I was in 7th grade. I didn’t tell anyone until the following Christmas because I thought it would all stop! Anyway, the magic you’re talking about it still there, I think. I think that now we make our own magic spending time with those who love us!

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