Cyn & I grew up believing in Santa. Our parents didn’t “proselytize” Santa, as if believing in him was consequential in some way, but Santa was still a part of our childhood years. Christmas included Santa. He was a part of the “magic”. I generally view it as a positive experience. And, thus, we’ve decided to talk about Santa to our kids, too.
But I must confess I wonder about the wisdom of this decision. Especially under incisive questioning from my daughter:
- Is Santa real? (that question is particularly to the point)
- ‘Why does he ride a sleigh?’
- Why does this present say ‘from Dad’ if it’s from Santa?
- How does he get to all the houses in one night?
- Why are there presents under the tree already, if Santa comes on Christmas Eve?
- And especially, Are both Santa and Jesus real?
Not bad for a four year old. And it’s tempting to give an answer along the lines of “well, Santa is just an idea, but there’s no actual person who is Santa…”
But I haven’t yet, and I wonder what the hesitation is. Why do I feel like I’m supposed to perpetuate this idea? I suppose I feel like I’m robbing her of something, if I tell her it’s just a myth or an idea.
And this post has no conclusion after the questioning. I’m still in the middle of the question.