Christmas Chimney 2013


Last year, Andrew learned the truth about Santa. It was very emotional for all of us, filled with a huge helping of mama-regret (I came clean once he started asking questions), but it turned into something sort of neat. He decided that he would be our family Santa. You can read more about last year’s adventure here, but the basics were: he made a chimney and dressed up as Santa. Very early on Christmas morning, he got up, put on his suit, climbed down his chimney and pretended to put the presents around the tree. When Isaac started waking up, I asked Andrew if he wanted Isaac to see him as Santa “NO!!!!” panicked Andrew. He dashed back up his chimney, took off his costume and came into the living room like nothing happened. “Guys, I think I just saw Santa!” I said to them. “REALLY?!?!” said Andrew. :)

Turns out the whole point of was that Isaac have a Santa come. But Isaac couldn’t see him, because you are not suppose to see Santa. So, I guess that means the point was that Andrew think that Isaac had a Santa come. :)

Anyway, I wasn’t expecting this, but it looks like Andrew Santa is gearing up for another round of Christmas magic. He built his chimney this past weekend. The back of it is open so that he can climb down the bed rails…a feature he didn’t want to include at all. He initially looked down his tunnel of boxes and declared “looks safe to me!” then, “just put a pillow at the bottom!” But I put my foot down and now he can climb up and down it safely.

On Saturday night he gave it a dry run. He’s talked me through the plan several times and this year I think I WILL give him a sack of presents to add to the tree. That part seems especially important to him this year.

I have no idea if this will become a yearly Christmas tradition, but can you blame me for sort of hoping it does?



Merry Christmas!

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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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5 Responses to Christmas Chimney 2013

  1. Susan says:

    Those glasses are awesome.

    And I think you should totally run with this Santa thing. Maybe next year he can do all your wrapping for you, too. And, a few years after that, all the shopping. You could have so much more time for baking and crafting with Santa lending a hand ;)

  2. Vicki Dill says:

    I could not “like” this story enough!!! Sensitive, creative and caring!! What a great big brother for Isaac to have :)

  3. Cathy says:

    Andrew is so clever! I love that chimney! Happy holidays to you and your family.

  4. Amy K says:

    This article made me think of Andrew as Santa.

    I find that we are constantly made to feel that our kids are “different” but there are so many beautiful ways that they are “similar” to other kids with Autism.

  5. MamaV says:

    Andrew, you are so adorable and awesome!

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