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Winter Guide 2014: Father-Daughter Dances in Chicago's Western Suburbs

These "Father-Daughter" and "Mother-Son" dances are just such sweet traditions. Most are sponsored by park districts and many are held in the winter. We'll bring you a list of "Mother-Son" events soon. Many of these dances sell out in advance, so if you are interested, make sure to register right away.

The following list is in rough chronological order. Know of one we missed? Please note it in the comments section!

Feb. 1:

AURORA: The Fox Valley Park District hosts a "Daddy Daughter Dance" on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Prisco Community Center. It's aimed at girls ages 2 to 11 years olds. This event features a buffet-style dinner. Cost is $30 per couple for residents ($15 for each additional child) and $45 per couple for non-residents  ($22 each additional child). For more info, call the Prisco Center at 630-859-8606 or click here. Note that registration ends Jan. 29.

Photo by carinasuyin on Flickr.

Feb. 7:

OSWEGO, OLDER GIRLS: The Oswegoland Park District offers two events, for two different age groups. The event for older girls is called "Daddy Dancing With the Stars" and it is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Oswego East High School. Girls (ages 6 and up) will help their dads make a dinner and then get to dancing. The event will feature a "dance off," and everyone will go home with a silent auction prize. The cost is $20 per person for residents and $25 per person for non-residents. For more info, call 630-554-1010 or click here.

WEST CHICAGO: The West Chicago Park District sponsors a "Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance" on Friday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Wheaton Academy The event is aimed at girls ages 5 to 14 accompanied by their dad, grandfather, uncle or guardian. The night will include dancing, a dessert buffet and a photo to take home. The fee is $20 for pair of residents, or $24 for a pair of non-residents. Each additional child is $10. For more info, call 630-231-9474 or click here and go to page 10 in the guide.

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A Dad Wonders ... What to Do About Santa? 

My wife and I are struggling with what to do about Santa. Our oldest son, Aaron, will be three years old this Christmas, making this the first year he’ll be able to start to understand the holiday.

Photo by premier-photo.com on Flickr.My wife has many fond memories of a variety of family Christmas traditions, including many that involve Santa. She loved the mystery of leaving out cookies and milk for Santa, the footprints coming from the fireplace, and gifts appearing Christmas morning. She also remembers when she started to put things together:  “Why are there presents in the closet with Santa’s special wrapping paper?” “Why does Santa’s writing look so familiar?” Even those are fond memories for her, because she was able to participate in the fun of it.

I don’t have as many memories, though I do remember getting gifts from Santa. I knew from a very early age that “Santa” was really just my parents – his writing did look suspiciously like their handwriting! I also have a vague recollection of my parents telling me that the lights from an airplane overhead on Christmas Eve were really Santa out delivering presents. I’m very logical and literal, so this never made sense to me, and I don’t remember ever enjoying Santa as much as my wife does.

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