Sunday, December 18, 2005

Santa Questions

PITTSBURGH. With 7 days left until Christmas, a 5-year old, a 3 year old, and a 20 month old, there is only one meaningful topic in the Sully household right now -- Santa Claus.

Santa Claus has dominated the discussion in our house since just before Thanksgiving. We have covered whether or not we believe that any goven Santa Claus is the "real" Santa Claus. We have tried to figure out his preferred mode of travel to any of his many personal appearances. (He's probably the one person who makes more personal appearances in Pittsburgh this time of year than the Steelers.) We have speculated on his favorite cookie -- chocolate chip says the Santa at Arizona Mills in Tempe, AZ, oatmeal raisin says Sully. Why does Santa wear red? How does he make all of those toys? Why does he live in the North Pole? How does he know where Pittsburgh is? Do you know Santa Claus? How tall is Santa? Is Santa fat?

Yes, the young Sully's are an eager and inquisitive lot. Their questions are rooted in a steadfast belief and a desire to take care of every detail to get it exactly right so that when we wake up next Sunday, Santa will have made their wishes come true.

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