The other day, I went to a website called PortableNorthPole.tv to make a video for Thing 2, the 5-year-old.
You type in your child’s name, hometown and a little about the child, and Santa emails you a link to a personalized video. When Santa opens his book of children, there’s a picture of Thing 2, and when he’s talking about his Christmas Eve flight, there’s a map with a line from the North Pole to the state where we live. It’s a neat little trick.
Thing 2′s Christmas list is a work in progress — he’ll say he wants something, then he’ll change his mind — so Santa was vague on what Thing 2 was getting. In the video, he says something like, “I know you want something special for Christmas, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.”
Thing 2 was mesmerized. He’s been asking me whether Santa is real, but here was a video from Santa, addressing him by name (although Santa’s mouth was obscured by a thick mustache and whiskers).
Last night,with Christmas only 2 weeks away, I asked Thing 2 again what he’d like. He a few small presents under the tree, but we’re still trying to draw a bead on his “big” present. I was hoping Thing 2 had made up his mind or at least narrowed the list.
But when I asked what he’d like for Christmas, he answered, “Santa knows.”
“Santa knows. He said he knew I wanted something special, but he didn’t want to spoil the surprise, but he knows what I want.”
I don’t know what Thing 2 wants, but Santa does, and if Santa is real, then, obviously, he’ll come through.
Wish me luck finessing this one.