Friday, December 23, 2005

What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?

Should you tell your kids the truth about Santa Clause?

My answer, Yes!

Picture this, I'm in first grade, in the lunch room at school with my classmates.

There were some sixth graders seated at our table. One of the sixth grade bullies says, "There is no such thing as Santa." My friends and I, jumped to Santa's defense. The bully laughed at us.

I remember my comment distinctly, "My Mom said there is a Santa, so there is! "She does not lie!" That was the first time in my young life I ever stood up for what I believed.

I had spent countless hours listening to my Mother spin tales about Santa. How she waited for him on Christmas Eve and would be so excited when she heard his reindeer and sleigh bells on the roof of our house.

All year, she would tell me, "Santa's watching!" Even when I'm alone? I wondered. I was a bit creeped out by this I must admit. It put the fear of Santa in me.

Finally, I learned the truth about Santa. Immediately I remembered that afternoon in the lunchroom. I was devastated. I felt like a fool, humiliated.

What bothered my was not that Santa did not exist, what bothered me was that my Mother would trick me. She could no longer be trusted!

What about The Easter Bunny? Lie! The Tooth Fairy? Lie! All lies! How about God? Jesus? They're real. Are you sure? Why should I trust you Mom?

It was difficult from that point forward to trust anything my Mother said. Not all kids have this type of devastation, but I did, and so do some others.

Why ruin your credibility? Let Santa be what he is, a fun character based on a Saint. Not a lie. Santa is fun, I think he adds to the Christmas experience.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but I don't want to see a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes taking pictures with kids. It just wouldn't be sanitary. Ya dig?

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Anonymous said...

Santa is real! he is because we now can track him on Christmas Eve! how dare you say he's not! if a Santa believer read this you could break their hearts!!

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