So today I took my daughter to see Santa at the grocery store, where the middle child works, and the middle child was helping out Santa. How cool is that?
Anyway, I was talking to someone the other day who said that her son asked her not to bring presents from Santa for her granddaughter on Christmas, because she is 5 and no longer believes in him. He doesn’t want her to think of her grandparents as liars. He wants his daughter to know the presents are from grandma and grandpa.
I have another friend who has a son in 5th grade that still believes in Santa, as do all of his friends.
I asked my older daughters, and they said that the first year they were on a school bus they were told by other kids that there was no such thing. Which means they were about 5.
I look at my 4 year old, and she has so much fun thinking of Santa and talking about Santa and reindeer and presents. And I think it’s really sad that next year she may not. This may be the last Christmas I’m able to bribe her for 2 months about being good so Santa doesn’t put her on the naughty list. This may be the last year we watch Santa feed the reindeer nightly on Reindeercam.com and order a video from pnp.com. (If you’re not doing those, do them. So cute and free!) This may also be the last year we see Ana, our Elf on the Shelf. (Okay, so I really won’t miss her at all – I think she may have an accident on her way back to the North Pole and end up in the back of a garbage truck on Dec. 26.) But since A is my last child, this may be the last Christmas Santa is even thought of in my house. It makes me want to cry.
I don’t think telling your kids about Santa is lying. I think it’s believing in the magic of Christmas. My daughter goes to a bible-based preschool, so she knows the meaning behind Christmas, but we tell her that Santa brings presents to children to celebrate Jesus’ birthday because Jesus doesn’t need presents. He doesn’t, so I’m not lying about that part.
I believed in Santa till I was around 7 or 8. Then it was over. And that was 30 years ago. Kids are much smarter at a much younger age now, which is probably why it’s over in Kindergarten. Some kid on the school bus with a big mouth messes it up for the rest of them. I remember when my oldest daughter found out, and I threatened her that if she told her sister there was no Santa, she would get nothing. And her sister believed for 2 more years till she went to Kindergarten. Then, it was over for her too.
So my question to all of you is this – Where do you stand in the great Santa debate? Do you do Santa in your house, or do you feel that it’s lying?