1. Demi Mist
    December 19, 2016 @ 8:48 am

    You know what is better for him. I overheard it too, but I never believed it and I never asked for the truth. For me he will always exist! Happy Holidays!


  2. Ellen Walker
    December 19, 2016 @ 9:01 am

    This blog entry reminds me so much of the year I finally had to tell my son that Santa only exists in our hearts at Christmas. He would have still been believing today, at age 37, if I hadn’t spilled the beans. His middle school friends were not so kind about him still believing and when he proudly sat on Santa’s lap at the school Christmas party amid the laughter of his peers, I had to protect his feelings. He still has the magic of Santa in his heart and enjoys the holiday as much as any child, I think. He gets so excited, in fact just this morning he proclaimed “only five more days to Christmas”. John never was angry that I allowed him to believe for so long – and I have never regretted it for one minute. Merry Christmas Jack and the rest of the Cariello family!


  3. Meg Gerritson
    December 19, 2016 @ 9:03 am

    And now I’m bawling thinking ahead to that dreaded stage. For now we’ll cherish the magic. Wishing you and yours a magical Christmas.


  4. vickie couturier
    December 19, 2016 @ 9:07 am

    I hope no body tells him and spoils his moment,,as a grandmother of a child with Autism,,i know those smile are not often but when they happen the whole room brightens,,my daughter has a 11 ,and 9 yr old son,,and has had custody of a boy and a girl of a family member for 3 yrs ,,the girl is now 4 and the boy 6,,he is the one with autism,,they are almost adopted,,just waiting for the time to elapse for the waiting period,,,when they first got him age age almost 3,,it was a nightmare,, to get him the help and treatment he needed,,he is doing so much better,,but let the routine get messed with and he doesnt do well at all,,my daughter just found out she was pregnant,,,,we have no ideal how he is going to react with a new baby in the house,,,how did your son handle a new sibling?


  5. Kathleen Fencil
    December 19, 2016 @ 9:19 am

    So well expressed.


  6. Andrea
    December 19, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    I have a normal developing almost-12-year-old (as well as an ASD Jack of my own!) and she still believes, even through her first year of middle school and I’m treasuring every moment of it. In fact, she accidentally sat on our elf the other day and cried for the longest time and then wrote him an apology note begging him to keep his magic…these are the things this magically holiday is all about!!!!


  7. Beth
    December 19, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

    Both my boys 14 and 17.5; with high functioning Autism still believe! Keep wanting to tell them but it is hard to take it away.


  8. Beth
    December 19, 2016 @ 7:05 pm

    My son is 16 and still believes. He knows that many other kids don’t, but he is stubbornly hanging onto the magic. We talked about keeping it to ourselves…….I had to make sure he isn’t getting teased about it. He doesn’t interact much with schoolmates, so there isn’t much chance he’ll discuss it anyway.


  9. Jeannie Prinsen
    December 21, 2016 @ 4:20 pm

    I think it’s beautiful that Jack still believes in the wonder and magic of Santa. Thank you so much for all your beautiful posts this year — I read faithfully every Monday and always find myself so moved by what you write. Wishing you and your whole family a happy Christmas and New Year.


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