In Finland Santa Claus shows up in person already on Christmas Eve. Well, it’s only natural that he does, he comes from Finland, after all!
My children are 11 and 12 now. Santa has always shown up, or at the very least we’ve heard him, heard his footsteps, his cane, and often little bells, too. This year, though, I knew we’d reached a turning point. I was half sure that they had figured it out a long time ago, but I was still planning on making Santa make some noise, at least.
Before I could make a move, though, Santa and his Mrs. Claus did! And it was time for my jaw to drop. (Not the least because of Mrs. Claus’s hairdo..) They asked whether all the adults had behaved well. They handed out presents. They filled all our hearts with joy.
It was the end of an era – but the best ends double as wonderful beginnings.