This year I decided I am not doing it again. No more lying in bed at 11:53 trying to nudge Paul awake to tell him he forgot to move the stupid elf. Also the saying 'you better be good because Paws is watching you and he is going to tell Santa if you have been bad' was falling on deaf ears. The kids still looked forward to seeing Paws and they really do believe he goes back to Santa but he does not help my kids be perfect little angels during December. Plus this mom has enough to clean up each day without a plastic, fabric doll creating another one for me. So this morning Santa Paws did return to the Lesnau home but he left this letter;
Natalie, Aubrey, Drew, Kenzie, Isabella, Tate & Rylan,
I am so excited to be back with you! I love coming and visiting you every year during December. I was recently talking to Santa and he has decided that you are all old enough to learn about something more important than getting presents when he comes on Christmas. This year Santa wants you to learn how good it feels when you GIVE to others. Instead of having me watch you this year to see if Santa should bring you gifts, he wants me to watch for times when you are helpful, when you listen to your parents, when you say nice things to your brothers or sisters or other nice things. When you do these nice things I will have your mom or dad add a bell to the jar. When all the bells are added it is time to GIVE. You will get to do things like buy someone a coffee to make their day, buy a meal for a family, take a present to someone in the hospital or bring food to the homeless. Santa wants to see how many times you can fill the jar so you can GIVE to others. I can't wait to hear those bells drop into the jar.
Love, Santa Paws