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Believing in Christmas
"As The Hour Nears" John Fitch IV Column
In this column, Cormier discusses the magic of Santa and the innocence of childhood. His daughter, seven going on eight, isn't sure if she believes in Santa any longer. But she writes to him just in case, and she tries her best to stay up late to see him come down the chimney with the gifts. Cormier dodges answering her questions on his existence but knows that the time is coming when she will know the answers herself.
"The Santa Problem" John Fitch IV Column
As with many of his Christmas columns, Cormier addresses the idea of Santa, Christmas magic, and the innocence of childhood. He admits never telling a child that Santa is not real but cannot defend his existence, just as faith or a joke cannot be explained without polluting its existence. Believing in Santa Claus keeps the child alive, so he laments the time that his children no longer believe.
"The Last Party" John Fitch IV Column
In this John Fitch IV column Cormier explores the growth trajectory of his daughter from childhood to adolescence, this time through the lens of her last Christmas party and her evolving views about Santa Claus. Ironically, the writer seems to be more caught up in the "magic and mystery" of the holiday than his daughter.
"Advent and the Family" Visitor
Though this story by "Bob" Cormier is written in the third person, about a girl and her father, it reads as autobiographical. He recounts the daughter's last Christmas party and her father coming to grips with her growing up.
How My Kids Brought Back the Magic of Christmas In this article by Catherine Naja for the blog, Scary Mommy (n.d.), the author muses on how enlivening and enlightening it was to re-see the holiday season through her children's eyes.