I almost didn't do this one, but I'm gonna share a story that still kind of fills me with wonder and awe when I look back on it with perspective.
So, when I was younger, 4-6yrs old I guess, I used to go to my Aunt and Uncle's house to hang out with my only other cousin that is an only child. So we would just hang out and do kid stuff, you know annoy the adults and be crazy... until it happened, and the first time it happened SEALED THE DEAL for me, Santa was real. So, this is what we heard from inside the house, a clatter of hooves on the roof, my cousin and I froze, all suspicions of whether or not Santa Claus was real was gone in an instant, he is on the roof! We did not know what to, everything our parents told us about Santa starts racing through our heads, were we naughty or nice this year? If we were, either, did he really know, and well at that point we KNEW reindeer could fly. Then, our child's brains explode when SANTA walks through the front door! Ho, Ho, Hoing all the way in. Now you have to know that none of our parents, even dressed up, would come to look anything like Santa, aka Plump, long white hair and beard, so that had us convinced it wasn't them. Ok, so Santa is in the living, we are staring, our parents tell us to sit on the couch because Santa wants to talk to us...So we sit down and Santa, full dress, Jolly as can be, has a red sack with him, but not his Big one for presents, it was his Naughty or Nice "list", which was actually an amazing looking book. Now, this is the part when we really lost it! Santa asks us if we have been Naughty or Nice AND starts naming some of the presents we asked for, in our Letters to Santa. Of course, we both say "Nice!". Then Santa would lay it on us, "So, Chris, you said you were nice this year but what about..." and he would mention something I did that my parents yelled at me for r something like that, then he would also bring up the "Nice" things I had done that year and sort fo mentally weigh them against each other. Santa would do this for both my cousin and I and when he was done and had made his decision on which list either of us would end up on he would give us, if we were Nice that year, (only once my cousin got Naughty) a present from his bag. It was never just some random present, it was ALWAYS the ONE thing either of us really wanted. Then he would get up and Merrily Ho Ho Ho his way out the door and a couple minutes later we would hear the hooves again. MINDS BLOWN! SANTA, SANTA JUST CAME TO SEE US!!!!! It wasn't until years later I decided to ask how our parents pulled that off, it was pretty impressive and as a kid, there was 0 doubt in my mind Santa was real, hell he walked in and knew things no one else could know! I am still proud of my parents and aunt and uncle for what they did to make Christmas special.
P.S Since my Birthday is 8 days before Christmas he would usually give me a present for that too and my cousin would get so jealous!
Cheers Mom and Dad!