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Home for the Holidays

Bill Brown

You won't have time to do all the things you used to do, and you should probably drop the notion of a perfect holiday. But you'll also get to start some new traditions. You're the mom, so you can make those calls! Last December, we all boarded our town's "Santa Claus Express" for a train ride with Santa and his elves. We sang songs, banged on drums and tambourines, ate hot dogs and cookies, and screamed with joy when Santa entered our train car. Before I had children, I would have seen a skinny 25-year-old guy with a thick Bronx accent and a discount-store costume. But with my 2-year-old on my lap, enthralled and terrified, I saw Santa.

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