"Tread ever so lightly over the innocence of young children, for once you allow the cynicism of adults to creep into their minds, you rob them of all childhood dreams. The moon is no longer edible and lollipops don't grow on trees anymore. There is no Santa Claus to creep down their chimney on Christmas morn nor sound of sleigh bells and reindeer in the snowy skies. Alice can no longer be found down the rabbit hole and the Easter bunny no longer roams the family house and leaves its delicious eggs hidden there for little hands to find. Tread ever so lightly and crush not the daisy chains of their youth, for that is the powerhouse of all adult imagination yet to come. Steal not their Christmas dreams while they are still young and innocent enough to enjoy them.
However, in your child's Christmas experiences, stay real enough to keep the story of the birth of Jesus at its centre, for without Christ there can be no Christmas. Both Jesus and Father Christmas are necessary for the child to feel the full force of the festive occasion; Santa's presents and the presence of Christ. Happy Christmas everyone xxx" William Forde:December 23rd, 2014.