For as strange as this may sound, I have always taken a bit of glee in the evolution of NORAD's tracking of Santa. Watching my two boys, one almost seven and one almost three and one half, what they marvel at is what is presented to them.
"Dad!!! Santa has already been through AUSTRALIA!!" my son exclaimed this year. Trenten just looked at the all familiar images and correlated them with the excitement of what is the season: beyond more than Santa delivering gifts.
Indeed, this year with my oldest I saw his interest into the world covered and that the Earth is rotating, the birth of Jesus would soon be celebrated (Australia is 12+ hours ahead of us), and that the morning brings hope in several forms. He incessantly passed notes across the pews to our family stating "CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT JESUS, NOT PRESENTS!!!"
I do not know where am going with this, but I suppose when we returned home from our Christmas Eve gathering in our community, my eldest opened the Mac. With his mother's guidance he realized the night was getting older and that he needed to be in bed: tucked in, saying his prayers, and waking with eyes and smile that remind me of not just a season or what the Internet does...
That we as adults should try and "Be like children." In summary, what NORAD does each year is interesting and seeing my eldest son realizing the day of many forms of celebration is fast upon us. I only hope we could find such a way to sustain those eyes, those emotions, and the air of the moment for a bit longer...
Peace to all and may the closing of this year open your hearts to next.
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