Is Santa A Polygamist?

Our Santa with his elf!

It was a brisk morning so Alina and I decided to drive the elementary kids to school, rather than have them walk to the bus stop and then wait in the freezing cold until the bus came to pick them up. We were headed out to work anyway so it was on our way. A little neighbor girl joined us as we all piled into the mini-van. As we took the short drive to the school I spied a man walking his dog. This man had a long white beard and he was actually wearing a ‘Santa’ hat, (though he wasn’t a bit overweight…I think it was because of all that walking!).

A typical Christmas Tree at the Darger's

“Look kids! It’s Santa Claus!”, I spoke playfully to the kids. “No it’s not!”, piped up the neighbor girl. And then there was some discussion as to whether Santa was real or not. Alina and I just listened to their banter without giving our opinions on the matter. It didn’t take very long before they all seemed to come to the conclusion that it was really ‘Daddy’. Then Vanessa, with all the wisdom of a five-year-old, looked up at the kids and said, “Santa Claus is a polygamist!”

Santa with Liesl and Laura

We are excited this Christmas because a very pregnant Laura and her husband Taylor came in last night for the Holidays. Sam came up from Central Utah last night, and Caleb and Amanda will be here today done with school and work. Our Santa takes all the teenagers to a movie on Christmas Eve in the afternoon, and then we come back for family time. We have a big buffet and play games and visit. Dad reads “T’was the Night Before Christmas!” and every time he says the word “The” gifts are passed to the left with all kids in a circle. In the end whatever present they have is what they get. We then give out PJ’s, homemade when we have time, for an early present. All the kids get in them, (clever way for us to get them ready for bed!) and then we do name presents.

Vanessa at Christmas

Name presents are where every one of the children picked a name out of a hat and have to spend $5 to $10 on a gift for that person. They get excited about giving their gift to the their name person on Christmas Eve. Dad then gets all the little ones together, (they like to sleep under the big kitchen table for some reason) and reads or makes up Christmas stories for them while we busy ourselves getting stocking ready.

"Santa" in his PJ's handing out the boys presents, he likes to keep it orderly.

It will be different with so many of our kids having moved out, we are looking forward to kicking back and visiting and enjoying each other. Share with us your Holiday traditions! We would like to know what many of you do for Christmas, or Hanukkah, or any other celebration. On Friday we will share a very special tradition that many Fundamentalist Mormons will relate to. Happy Holidays to all of you, this is truly a special time of the year for family!

Girls asleep on the floor last Christmas Eve

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3 Responses to Is Santa A Polygamist?

  1. Marie says:

    Merry Christmas to your family! I ordered your book on Kindle after watching you on Dr Phil last week. I read it in a day! What an amazing family you have, and the virtues you try to achieve are those that all of us who follow Jesus share. We are a small little protestant family in Canada, but there is something profound about your faith and choices. I had never considered the virtues behind the lifestyle until “Sister Wives” on TLC and your book. You certainly have to develop the fruit of the spirit at a much faster rate than monogamous couples to survive :) My husband was quite amused as I explained how I read your book after watching Dr Phil (who i rarely watch) and now I want to be in a plural family- haha

  2. I loved your holiday post. This year M and I are the taken guardianship of a wonderful 16 year old girl. She is pretty darn amazing. In the two months she has been with us she went from failing every class to 2 A’s, 2 B’s and 2 C’s. she is making wonderful decissions.

    We are Jewish and our teenager is not. So I got to go Christmas shopping this year. It was not so much fun. She wanted a “Steeler football jersey” (shudders her only flaw is being a Steelers fan), so I sucked it up and manages to purchase her one. I also purchases presents for my husband which included a Bears sweatshirt (Yes I fully tortured myself with the sports attire this year as I am a Colts fan).

    I then found this wonderful website where you enter information and “Santa” will call the person, so I did that for my best friend’s five year old daughter. After she got her call from Santa she called me so excited that Santa called her and asked to be left chocolate milk (the lil girls favorite drink), and that she had to go to bed so he could visit her house, but wanted to tell me how special she was because Santa called her.

    We then exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve so our teenager could spend Christmas day with her biological grandmother and her older brother. I loved the way she got excited over the jersey and other gifts we got her. Coupled with the excitement of the five year old who Santa called, I can truely see the magic of the holiday. It was one of the best holiday seasons I can recall having in years

  3. teresa gower says:

    make Santa foot prints in the house for a surprise for the little ones…use an old pair of boots, sprinkle silver glitter around the boots as you step from the door to the tree or fire place or window, to make foot prints…. you may have to point them out the first time but believe me the next year they will be looking for them!

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