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18 Dec I Couldn’t Find Santa Last Night

Last night I dreamt that I couldn’t find Santa and he didn’t arrive on Christmas Eve with wrapped presents. I had a full on “couldn’t sleep in the middle of the night at 3am” kind of dream about him.

I mean it’s ridiculous right. I’ve seen him at three different events already this year; the School Fair, St George’s Hall, and at Thomas Land last week. I know he has told my girls he is going to bring them what their hearts desire, so why am I waking in the night worrying about it.

Hubby seems to be sleeping soundly next to me.  In fact he isn’t just sleeping soundly he is snoring in bed. He inherently knows Santa is going to turn up on Christmas Eve and deliver beautifully wrapped presents to everyone (including him) so why can’t I sleep, like him, and why am I looking for him in my sleep!


Just before I went to sleep last night I was chatting to some other mums on Twitter about running out of time before Christmas to make everything happen. It seems that Santa in some houses brings beautifully wrapped presents every year, in others it varies depending on what he’s brought, and in some houses he puts presents into a sack and doesn’t wrap them at all (clever Santa). This must have got me thinking.


I started to worry that Santa hasn’t understood what everyone in my house wants for Christmas. I started to worry he didn’t have enough wrapping paper.  I wondered if I would be able to find the stockings for him to put the presents in.  I worried that maybe he didn’t know what they wanted because we didn’t write proper letters to him and have relied on chats in grottos, they can be quite noisy and busy places as I’m sure you know. In my middle of the night state I pictured disappointed little faces if the fairy castle doesn’t arrive (as it is unlikely to do, due to earlier Santa requests). I’m sure Santa will deliver other amazing gifts but I just can’t be sure it’s what they want.  Will Santa get it right?


As it happens I’ve got twice as much time as I had last year to make it all work, and speak to Santa about it, but as was ever thus, appear to be much further behind. Maybe I just have a little more time to think about it so I’m worrying about things that last year didn’t seem quite so important such as where does Santa actually live? Will he take my calls? Do you think he answers emails and can change his mind at this last minute?  Have the elves got time to make new presents if I promise to send the other ones back?

Disclaimer: this is my middle of the night dream, so I know he is real, he will get it right and that he lives in the North Pole obviously!

  • Barjerow
    Posted at 08:58h, 18 December Reply

    I’m sure it will be alright on the night. In fact I know it will.

  • Notmyyearoff
    Posted at 22:33h, 18 December Reply

    My Z has had some of these worries. How will he get down our chimney, does he know what day to come? Why hasn’t he come yet?

  • Helen at Casa Costello
    Posted at 00:04h, 19 December Reply

    Aah the good old Christmas nightmares. I start having them about sprouts running out around the start of December, which explains why I have 4 bags of sprouts loitering at the bottom of the fridge. Just in case!

  • Lady Nym
    Posted at 07:55h, 20 December Reply

    Santa just fills stockings here and all other presents are from Mummy and Daddy so he doesn’t have that much to do. I am a little worried he’s got more presents for Tyger’s stocking than Bear’s but bigger ones for Bear so the stocking will appear fuller.

    It’ll all be alright on the night, though, I’m sure!


  • Mum's Hideout
    Posted at 08:51h, 20 December Reply

    I always wondered about the wrapping paper situation- where does Santa get it from and why do the presents from my parents have the same wrapping paper that Santa chooses? Massive coincidence!? #SundayStars

  • Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot
    Posted at 08:53h, 20 December Reply

    When Santa comes to my house, the wrapping paper isn’t the posh stuff and things aren’t wrapped beautifully because the presents will get pounced upon and torn into within seconds! I feel like Christmas has come round way too fast this way, I’m not very organised and feel like I have sooo much more to do still. My husband has one job – to buy my present and he’s yet to do that, I guarantee it’ll be a frantic Christmas Eve trip to Tesco for him!! #sundaystars

  • mum of 3
    Posted at 11:16h, 20 December Reply

    I think the fact you had this dream means Santa will get it right in all the important ways!

  • Crummy Mummy
    Posted at 11:29h, 20 December Reply

    My advice would be not the overthink things! #sundaystars

  • Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock
    Posted at 11:52h, 20 December Reply

    I saw a footprint stencil in a thrift shop the other day, so I think I’ll do something interesting with daddies boots and flour! And maybe some glitter… then the magic is 100% even if they gifts aren’t 100% right.
    Mine is 2 so I can get away with it a little more but I’m sure your girls together will be happy with whatever Father Christmas brings xXx

  • Julia @ rainbeaubelle
    Posted at 13:10h, 20 December Reply

    Oh Santa will get it right he usually does! I’m sure he will bring you lots of lovely gifts too as you’ve been such a good girl! It is a worry though isn’t it, always the last minute pressure! X

  • jeremy@thirstydaddy
    Posted at 14:06h, 20 December Reply

    I think most of the excitement is from the fact that he came, not what he brought. Just remember to leave cookies and everything will be fine

  • becca farrelly
    Posted at 18:32h, 20 December Reply

    Ahh I had a similar panic when my 2yr old asked Santa for a present we didn’t know about and I was up all night trying to find out what it was, let alone where I could get it from! I’m sure it will be fine :)


  • Robyn
    Posted at 07:10h, 21 December Reply

    Oh dear, that sounds stressful, but I know Santa has your family Christmas under control. Speaking of all the places we’ve seen Santa this year, I saw him over the weekend waiting for a bus! My husband wondered why he didn’t take his sleigh to the mall, I guess it’s a bit like a company car that he only gets t use on Christmas eve???

  • Tim
    Posted at 00:29h, 22 December Reply

    I can’t win. I worry about forgetting something and so I end up with 11 times as much tape and wrapping paper as we need. And then our oldest asks a never-ending stream of questions about the logistics of Santa. (He’s very worried he will set off people’s house alarms, get arrested and not be able to deliver his presents.) And yet somehow Christmas morning is always a magical moment – well, at least for the 30 seconds it takes them to unwrap the presents we spent an entire week’s worth of evenings wrapping …

  • Something Crunchy Mummy
    Posted at 12:26h, 22 December Reply

    Know exactly how you feel! #sundaystars xx

  • ghostwritermumy
    Posted at 13:33h, 22 December Reply

    Oh I have evert confidence that Santa will do just fine this year! And as an aside, how beautiful are your photos? Simply stunning. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas x x

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    Posted at 17:02h, 22 December Reply

    Aaah Karen — these photos are my favourite of your girls!! Just GORGEOUS!! And don’t worry — I think Santa will do OK. And if he doesn’t, blame your husband 😉 xx

  • Mrs H
    Posted at 09:16h, 03 January Reply

    Awwww, bless. I can understand your panic. I always panic like this before Christmas. And Santa only has to worry about one set of pressies in our household. And they are rarely beautifully wrapped. This year Santa went to town with brown paper and string. I hope Santa got it right on the night. And your girls got all they wanted on Christmas morning. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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