Monday, November 23, 2009
The Santa Dilemma
It comes down to this. I want Christmas to be Christmas. I want it to be about the birth of Christ. I can't block out every cultural influence and I don't know how to make Christmas totally about Jesus but I can take some of the distractions out. For our family, that major distraction is Santa. The other issue is that I am committed to being as honest as possible with my children. I would have a really hard time playing along with the whole Santa thing. Anyway, enough of my issues.
Here's the Santa dilemma...As committed as I am to our family's decision not to "do Santa", I don't want my kids to ruin the fun for the others. Last year (when they were 4, turning 5) was the first time this became an issue. I heard Boy Wondertwin ask a friend if he believed in Santa. Then BWT proceeded to say, "Well, you know he isn't real, right?" Fortunately, the boy thought he was talking about a ceramic Santa that happened to be in the room. We played it off.
Afterward, I threatened BWT with his life.
I have a feeling that this year is going to be even more awkward with their increasing verbosity and inability to guard their tongue. We've been invited to a friends' house where Santa will arrive and presents will be given out.
Suggestions? Should I duct tape my kids' mouths so they can't speak all day? Or bribe them with lots and lots of candy? Fortunately Little Dude is still a little young to spill the beans and maybe...just maybe, the twins are old enough to understand.
From what I hear, the magic of Santa starts to fade around age 6 but I still don't want my kids to be the ones responsible for their friends' loss of youth.