When our children were small, they had a MILLION questions about everything, and at Christmas, about Santa.. how he would enter the house, what if there was a fire in the fireplace.. it went on and on… And then one day I came across a “magic key”. Magically, the Santa Key helped make all their childish dreams came true. Magically, Santa had a way to enter our house safely, and the magic of Christmas was a dream come true.
As a family, we had many Christmas traditions… within our tiny nucleus, we celebrated quietly.. and created our own ‘family’ traditions.. Volunteering, Church, offerings to the Baby Jesus, and gifting unfortunate or unfortunate children through the Salvation Army Giving Tree. All memories which our children cherish and participate in to-date as adults.
The magic of Christmas was special... giving of yourself, doing for others, and Santa fit right in with that plan… magical, Christian, and loving… mirroring and complimenting our family traditions all the way. Children simply hung the key (now ornament) on the front door knob on Christmas Eve. Santa could easily access the house and bring gifts.. large or small.. and simply leave behind the simple ornament on the tree!
I still plan to do a bit more embellishing to my version of the Santa Key.. but can you see their eyes in the morning, looking at the tree to see if Santa really brought the ornament back, and used the tree? Hmmm..
My kids of course are grown now… one in Germany, one in Iraq… and when I was trying to come up with something ‘special’ for the Christmas showcase Boutique, I just had to revisit the Magic of the Santa Key!
I have to tell you I searched for MONTHS for keys to incorporate into this card/theme… even online… and then one day just stumbled upon them while looking for unique beads at the local beadery. The keys came in three sizes.. but not to worry, all worked well in this ornament card. I hope my ornament cards find a lovely home with some imaginative, loving, and giving families. Psst… I might have to keep one for myself too!
Don’t forget we are working on a BIG BLOG CANDY give-away!! I hope you’re leaving lovely comments daily.. only ONE winner will be chosen! See details on my BLOG CANDY post 11/11/09!
More Christmas Showcase Boutique Item shares tomorrow.. hope to see you then!!
Edited 11/15/09 to include verbiage for poem as requested by readers:)
Santa's Magic Key
This key is very special, you see.
It will not work for you or me...
Hang is just outside your door.
And go to sleep, worry no more...
Close your eyes and close them tight.
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!