Sandy Claws

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But that’s not what this post is about! Did you believe in Santa? Do you still? SPOILER ALERT! (He ain’t real.) I hope. Also, apparently he’s white. Which, you know, whatever. Point is, I was never told he was real. I wasn’t told “Hey, a lot of your friends are going to believe in this guy, but he isn’t real and their parents are liars!” I actually got gifts from “Santa”. In that they were from “The Fat Guy Upstairs” and “Man in the Red Suit” – stuff like that. But it was all tongue-in-cheek and I knew they were still from my parents. I don’t think I was super clever, my parents just didn’t go out of their way to create this…experience. I don’t think I missed out on anything. And I’ve heard horror stories from friends about when they discovered the truth. So I’ve always assumed I’d follow the same path as my parents. Mr. T has other plans, however. I was initially totally against it, but now I’m thinking it might be kind of fun. I’m just worried about the psychological damage if they find out in the wrong way. I’m also not interested in pretending to be the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, or anything else mythical and creepy. (Elf on a Shelf, anyone?)

The coolest way to spill the beans I’ve seen so far was from a blogger who wrote letters to her children every year as Santa. I believe she typed them, so there wouldn’t be any handwriting sleuthing. Now that her daughter is…old enough. I’m not sure how old, though. 9 or 10? Anyway, her letter for her daughter this year came early and was basically “It’s been fun pretending to be Santa, and I wanted to teach you something about Jesus and the joy of the season, blah blah blah – Santa is your mom.” Sorry, I didn’t save it, apparently. MY BAD. She gave it to her daughter early so her daughter could help her be Santa to her little brother this year, and she let her go off and read it alone so she could cry or whatever in privacy when she realized her childhood was over and had been a total lie. But I thought that was neat. Another thought I had was that they should be HOMEMADE gifts. Because Elves don’t work for Mattel – you ain’t getting a Barbie from Santa, kids.

Anyway, those are my thoughts as a non-parent. I’ve got several years before it even becomes an issue. What do you do? What was done to you? What do you plan on doing? I GOTS TA KNOW.


2 thoughts on “Sandy Claws

  1. My parents told us upfront that Santa was not real but that is was okay to pretend. So we pretended and didn’t have crazy “I can’t believe Santa’s not real!” trauma.

    • Yeah, my only fear is my kids ruining it for other kids. I definitely don’t want to be that person… Oh, well – I have a few years before I need to worry about it!

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