My kids are in first grade, about the most exciting age in the known universe to experience Christmas. At a Christmas party a few days ago, Santa asked my son what he wants for Christmas. My son replied, “A seismometer.”
“A seismometer?” Santa replied, taken aback that a 6-year-old would want such a device. “Why?”
My son went quiet, blushing huge.
He wants a seismometer that can detect Santa landing on the roof, so he can bust him in the act. He's determined to discover if this Santa guy is real. He also has a strong suspicion that his parents are involved, and he thinks the seismometer would detect them moving too...
But in case Santa is real, he didn’t want to tell Santa of his plans for the seismometer.
His suspicions remind me of a story I heard from a Family Heli-Ski Trip over Christmas a few years ago, when a group of older kids was stunned to see Santa show up at CMH Gothics. Deep in the Canadian wilderness, a few of the older kids, who’d given up on believing in Santa, gave pause to question their doubts.
A few of them may have noticed that Santa had a strangely similar accent to one of the ski guides from Germany…
For Christmas this year my family, as usual, just wants to go skiing. Here’s a photo from a recent ski trip home from school, in an interactive form. Hover over the photo and click on the icons for some Christmas wishes: