Last Friday, I made the mistake of leaving my kids’ wrapped Christmas presents in the back of my van while I drove them home from school. Since I only live two blocks away from their elementary school I thought I would be home fast enough that they wouldn’t notice. Stupid me. Luckily they were mostly covered and so only my oldest saw them…but this wasn’t all together good since he’s also eight and suddenly put two and two together. The conversation went like this:
Him: “Mom, I don’t think that there really is a Santa Claus.”
Me: “Now what makes you think that?”
Him: “Well one, I saw presents in the back of the van.”
Me: “Oh well those are for someone else. You know how we sometimes donate stuff to those dumpsters in the parking lot at the store?”
Him: “Like those ones where Daddy found some hangers and toys?”
Me: “Uh, well, yah, but…”
Him: “Well, I think you’re a liar.”
Me: “I am not! Really, we’re going to drop them off at the donation boxes and give them to someone who needs them.”
Him: “Why would we do that?”
Me: “Stop asking me questions. I am not a liar. Go upstairs and play with your brothers. You ask too many questions.”
I could make Mother of the Year couldn’t I?
Later, I hid all the toys in my closet and made sure I kept my bedroom door locked. Well, locked except that one time I was sick of using a screwdriver to pick the lock and I left the door open for five minutes and my five-year-old decided he’d try to get candycanes off the top shelf of my closet again.
Him: “Mom, um, what are all those presents doing in your closet?”
Me: “Uhm, what presents?”
Him: “All those presents wrapped up.”
(Well, I knew he saw them and so I had to make something up quickly and since my Jedi moves weren’t working…)
Me: “Oh, those are for kids who need them.”
Him: “Well I need them.”
Me: “No, we are going to give them away.”
Him: “Well I want to open them NOW!”
Me: “No, you have to open your presents from Santa on Christmas Day.”
Well, at least it was better than making my children wrap their own presents and make them think they were giving them to someone else like I saw a friend on Facebook do. Explain that to your kid Christmas morning.
So here’s what my kids’ logical reasoning (and the almost ruined it closet moment) has made me realize–my kids are growing older and will soon no longer believe in Santa. I know Santa is not what Christmas is all about–it’s really about the birth of Jesus Christ–but no longer believing Santa or Saint Nicolas lives also means that soon they will no longer believe in the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, leprechauns, or other childhood make believe. In other words, my kids are growing up. You know what? I grew up too fast. I didn’t always get to enjoy my childhood. It’s not the growing up part that I’m having issues with, it’s the enjoying their childhood as long as they can part. Trust me, I can’t wait to be an empty-nester.
So this year I’ve decided to make the magic of Christmas last a little longer by giving them proof that Santa really DOES exist! I found a company called iCaughtSanta.com where you can snap a picture of your decorated living room and tree…
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