WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Santa and the Elf While St. Nick may or may not have been a real person, Santa has become larger than life. He has his own tracker, his own website, even his own Twitter handle. And he will forever remain a symbol of kindness and generosity with his twinkling eyes and red suit. Still, Santa can be a polarizing figure in many homes. Some use his "naughty list" as a threat while others encourage good behavior by seeking his approval. Similarly the Elf on the Shelf® creates a feeling of anticipation for kids each morning, and can help keep behavior in line, but it's important to underscore to your kids that even Santa and his elves have limitations in terms of what they can give. "We talk all year about how families do things differently," adds one mom. "Santa might give their friends bigger, more elaborate gifts, or several, but Santa knows that we, their parents, don't want our kids to have too much …that we would rather keep it simple. In our family Santa is the spirit of love and giving who lives in everyone." And many adults who celebrate Christmas have fond memories of Santa. "Santa is a big tra- dition on my side of the family," says one mother of two. "I used to dress up as an elf and go out with my brother who was Santa (he is 16 years older than me). The tradition still continues every Christmas Eve. Each new brother-in-law or nephew that comes of age plays Santa for the little kids each year. In my home, Santa always brought the big gift like a bicycle or roller blades or American Girl dolls, but he never brought too much." While gift giving, traditions and Santa are all part of the holidays, what's really important is to unplug and enjoy special moments together. And for those not celebrating a holiday this season, it could still be a good time to help others less fortunate. Those are the memories that last. 171 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e D A R R E N B O V I E

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