What do you tell your children about Santa? I’m planning on going all out. When my daughter is old enough we’re getting the elf on the shelf, and writing letters, and emailing santa, watching the north pole feed on uverse, leaving milk, cookies, and carrots for the reindeer, AND tracking santa on Norad Christmas night. I’m willing to bring in fake snow to make boot prints from the fire place to the tree. I’m pro Santa!
I have friends who completely disagree. They won’t lie to their children. Otherwise how will their children ever trust them? I call B.S. My mom told me about Santa, and I know I pretended to believe a few years after I figured out it wasn’t real just for the fun of it. My feelings weren’t hurt, and I certainly don’t have trust issues.
However different our stances might be, one thing my friends and I all have in common is the common decency to respect the choices of others parents. They would never tell my child that Santa isn’t real, just like I wouldn’t try to convince their child he’s coming down their chimney at night. Of course children talk. I remember two of my friends trying to convince me that Santa wasn’t real. I also remember convincing them that I was an elf and that their disbelief was killing me. I was short and very dramatic so they bought it. There was nothing any adult could have done in that situation to us from talking about Santa.
This debate to tell or not to tell has been going around on truu all week. What do you tell your kids? And would you ever tell another child that there is no Santa like this teacher did? Share your thoughts and traditions in the comments below.