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Santa and the Lion Temple

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Recently we attended a Christmas party in which Santa was in attendance. Apollo sat on my lap and watched the kids line up to sit on Santa’s lap. He turned to me at one point and looked at me with is big brown eyes.

“Mama...last year I wanted to ask Santa for the Lion Temple, but I was too scared.”

After saying this he turned back and watched the kids with Santa.

This year,” he said with determination, “I’m going to ask him!”


We don’t *do* Santa in our house. We never have. I don’t think Santa is evil or bad or sinful…Its just my family didn’t do Santa growing up and Chuck thinks the idea of Santa is kind of silly. He still remembers the day he learned Santa wasn’t real. His reaction? As long as someone is buying me gifts, I don’t care. So pragmatic, even as a kid!

Apollo sat on my lap for another ten minutes before he was ready. He wanted me to go with him, and insisted I carry him. The entire time he was studying each child as they took their turn with Santa. Finally, it was time.

Santa was patient and kind. He made small talk with Apollo and then finally got the Big Question.

“And what do you want for Christmas?” 

Apollo’s face drained of all its color. He sat there pale and nervous and finally whispered, “The Lion Temple“.

“I’ll see what I can do” answered Santa.

And it was over. For Apollo anyway.

Here is a little boy who waited a whole year for his chance to tell Santa he wants the Lion Temple. The Lion Temple that is no longer being made by LEGO and now costs $189.99 on Amazon.

I want so bad to reward his courage. But $189.99 is a steep price tag, even for a heart full of courage.

I was also left wondering just what Apollo thinks about Santa. I have warned begged him not to tell his friends at school that Santa isn’t real. That Santa is something fun for them, and he shouldn’t ruin that.

But he was so determined to ask Santa for the Lion Temple…

A few days after his visit with Santa he said to me with a sigh, “I wish Santa was real. Then he might bring me the Lion Temple“.

Yep, just rip my heart out right there, my friends.

We don’t do big gifts at Christmas (we  reserved those for birthdays). The kids put out their stockings on Christmas Eve and get candy, an orange, a candy cane and a small toy or book. I can’t exactly break that tradition with the LEGO Lion Temple.

But I could go on Ebay.

And I did. And I found a Lion Temple in the box, significantly cheaper than on Amazon. Right now that Lion Temple is hidden in my house. I don’t know when it will make an appearance. Certainly not on Christmas. And not as a gift for Apollo alone. I imagine it will come out some day when it is cold and the kids are fighting and we all need a change of pace. Or maybe the kids will wake up to it one morning during Christmas break. I don’t really know yet.

I just know life is short and often full of struggle. I don’t want my children to grow up spoiled or entitled.

But sometimes even I can’t resist the lure of the Lion Temple.



  1. Sarah Wamuhiu

    I’m glad I’m not the only on begging my 5 year old not to mention that Santa isn’t real. His response… But Mommy how will they know that Christmas is about Jesus and not Santa. Then he came up with this…”well I guess Santa is a little like God.” I love 5 year old theology. 🙂 I love it that you found the Lion a Temple. I’m still trying to figure out how to get Benji the glowing sword that he had told like 4 Santas that he wants. I can’t afford a Star Wars light saber right now. But I want to have a glowing sword for him on Christmas. (We mostly do books and small gifts for Christmas).

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      It’s so hard. I do NOT want Apollo to rob the joy of Santa from another child who’s family does go that route. I understand your struggle about the sword. Best of luck!

  2. Vivian

    for any one else asking and not getting the toy, i would say BRAVO…but for Apollo…who has struggled and the heart pain i feel for him…i want to say “I demand you better give it to him”…yeah i am a grandma and this kind of stuff breaks my heart.
    God bless you for being so strong!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      This comment totally made my day. I love that you want to “demand better” for him. I so want/wanted to reward his courage. One of these days the Lion Temple with grace our home 🙂

  3. Jess Guest

    My husband’s family did not do Santa and when my little brother “found out” he asked the next logical question – “So…is Jesus real?” so we don’t Santa. But my 5 year old INSISTS Santa IS real because he saw him at Carols by Candlelight (an Aussie thing where the community gathers together to sing carols in a park somewhere before sunset then everyone gets battery powered candles and glowsticks out as it gets dark – Santa usually shows up.) and we all know you can’t argue with a 5 year old…..except I have a 6 year old who does. Very loudly. At a community event full of children who believe in Santa and whose parents like it that way. It’s amazing how far a shrill 6 year old “Santa is NOT real, if he is how come Mum and Dad buy all the presents? And if elves made them HOW COME THERE’S BARCODES ON THEM!!??” carries on the summer evening air.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      As I read your comment I was planning to respond with “you can’t argue with a 5 year old” but you beat me to the punch 🙂 Best of luck with your six year old!

  4. Melpub

    Well, we do Santa . . . here’s a story: when my middle kid was three, he wanted, and begged for–endlessly–a Thomas Train roundhouse. Now the roundhouse was almost as expensive as that Lion’s Temple. But as the months went on–at least five months of longing for that roundhouse–I decided to get it for him. It seemed clear that he’d play with it for a long, long time and he loved his trains and spent hours with them. So I did get it. And I’ll never forget the way his face lit up when he unpacked the box. Then he looked at me with joy and said, “I did it!!” He played with that thing for years.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Yes, I am so happy that I was able to both find and afford the Lion Temple. I have no problem sinking money into LEGO because I know it will be used and loved for years. We still have Chuck’s LEGO from when he was a kid (though some of it is brittle and breaking now) and my brother has all of his (and mine and my other brother’s) childhood LEGO.

  5. Ann DeBruin

    Like Vivian above,I am a grandma too, and with age comes knowledge.. I say give Apollo and his siblings the Lion Temple on Christmas morning. He will remember it the rest of his life.

  6. Barbara

    I wish my mom would have told me how tiring it is to keep up “Santa” I would have skipped it too. I remember being so disappointed when I didn’t get everything I asked for. So at our house Santa brings one gift of HIS choice then you get one gift from each person in the family, i.e.. one from sissy, mama, and daddy= 4 gifts. We work to put the emphasis on Jesus and giving throughout the year by helping others. What a surprise for your kids to just happen to have a day off school and a really cool surprise to go with it, memory made.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I really like the idea of Santa bringing just one gift. I always wonder how families deal with the issue of Santa bringing some kids all the toys on their wishlist and others just one or two…

  7. sce

    I totally respect your family not doing Santa or even big gifts beyond the boot/stockings. We don’t do Santa but we do give gifts and it’s hard to keep the perspective on Christmas in the right place. I imagine you will find a way to give them the Lion Temple in another special way. I also imagine how your momma heart felt watching your so timid child ask Santa for the Lion Temple.

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