As we were driving downtown Port Perry, my daughter spotted Santa and wanted to go and say "hello". There were two other boys in front of us with their mom, and the boys were asking where Santa got the painting from, which was hanging in his little house.
Santa began to tell them that a little girl gave him this painting a couple of years ago, and he liked it so much that he has kept it in his house... my and Lily's ears perked up. We both looked inside the house, and the painting Lily had given to Santa a couple Christmases before was hanging there. We told Santa that it was Lily that gave it to him, and he said he didn't recognize her. He then was oh so jolly, and he thanked Lily for her thoughtful gift.
I loved that day, when Lily wanted to bring Santa a gift, because he is always giving gifts and she felt he should receive one. But today I loved even more, when Lily saw how that gift meant something to Santa. She had a twinkle in her eye I have honestly never seen before.
It was a magical moment, and it truly reminds us that "giving" is the most meaningful part of Christmas.
Thank you Santa!