Merry Christmas

Santa at easel

Every day, for the past month, my kids have reminded my wife and me what they want for Christmas.  Their letters to Santa were impressive for both their thoughtfulness and length.  When I was a kid, I also was excited about receiving presents, so I’m not bothered that my kids are focused on the material side of Christmas.

But yesterday, my eldest son surprised me when he asked me if he could give a present to Santa.

I said, “Of course.  What do you want to give him?”

He said, “I want to paint him a picture.  Can you help me paint a picture of Santa Claus that he could take with him when he comes to our house?”

So on a rainy afternoon, I set my son up at my easel with some paints and a board, and he painted a picture of Santa Claus.

Santa painting

I helped my son a little, but he painted most of it himself.  Since Santa is taking this painting back to the North Pole with him, I decided to sketch my son while he was painting.  I want to remember a moment when I knew my son considered what another famous Christmas artist once wrote, that “‘Maybe Christmas’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!’”

Bradley painting

Merry Christmas, and may you have a wonderful Holidays with your family and friends.

4 responses to “Merry Christmas

  1. Fantastic. Doug, you’re a great storyteller and this is an awesome story! How very magical. Thanks for posting this. Sniff.

  2. Love this! What a beautiful painting by Bradley, and a great sketch of him! We miss you guys! Happy new year!

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