I find what NORAD has done and has evolved into what we know as "Santa Tracker" to be very interesting: even if for a mild, internal giggle as my seven and three year old boys gaze into the screen.
This year, especially, my eldest (almost seven) seemed to care less about what one may call the Media Santa, but that the magic was happening. In the morning he exclaimed "SANTA HAS FINISHED AUSTRALIA!" He observed the world maps and I could see the calculations behind his wide eyes.
Later, during our community's Christmas Eve gathering, he incessantly passed notes to each of us proclaiming that "CHRISTMAS IS NOT ABOUT PRESENTS!!!" I smiled and for the first time in almost a decade, I felt that warm glow in my chest. Returning home in the evening and under the loving guidance of his mother, my eldest son examined the map with extreme intensity: it was time to prepare for a day of much celebration.
I suppose the point is that for as cute, interesting, "child motivating", or whatever one may classify this NORAD project as, it seems to jolt in me... "Be like children." How does this all tie together? Sure, the kids are excited about opening their gifts and giving gifts, but that is the smallest portion of the day. Indeed, my eldest son and his trouble-making brother both illustrated this to me in the sense that it was not a greed of goods, but a greed for experiencing good that came through. The religious importance, the symbolic opportunities, and the love of family coming together is what I took as my own precious gift this year from my two, very special boys.
NORAD - you keep it up and I promise you we will tune in each year. In a short summary, I must confess I wish all the qualities of this season could be as easily carried: through the entire year, my friends.
With wishes of peace and safety -
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