Monday, December 26, 2011

Who is Santa Claus? A Christmas Morning Bust

For all you parents who say that you would never lie to your children, I've got two words for you: Santa Claus.

Don't feel bad about it, though.  Some lies are okay.  Like this one about Santa, the one about the Easter Bunny and the one about your eyes getting stuck if you cross them.

When should you tell your kids that you're actually the fat guy in a red coat?  Ahem.  Metaphorically speaking, of course.

My daughter is at the tender age when kids discover that Santa Claus is the biggest practical joke ever.

I was exactly Bailey's age when I asked my Mom if Santa was real.  I remember being embarrassed that I fell for it for ten looooong years.  How could I be so stupid? How did I not see this coming?  How can I con Mom and Dad into buying me that Atari NOW?  


Kids, your parents have to lie.  You wouldn't want to miss out on the Christmas magic surrounding Santa Claus!  Besides, we're not the only ones lying to you.  The whole world is in on the secret.  Especially Coca-Cola.  You'd think that they invented Santa Claus or something.

I struggled with whether or not I should talk to Bailey about Santa this year.  Does she know and she's just too scared to tell me?

It might have something to do with what I said a few years ago: "If you don't believe, then you don't receive."

I guess I should have clarified that you still get the gifts.  The only difference is that I don't have to hide them in the trunk of my car and then set them out in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve.  So, really.  You'd be doing both of us a favor.

With her probably knowing and me knowing she probably knows and her probably knowing I know she probably knows, it was pretty uncomfortable.   It's like how two boxers will circle around each other in the ring forever before somebody finally throws the first punch.  

As I tucked her into bed on Christmas Eve, Bailey said things like,
I wonder where Santa is right now...
Do you think he will bring me a new TV?
Did you set out any food for the reindeer?  I bet they're hungry.

THIS GIRL IS GOOD.  

I went to bed 100% convinced that she still believed in Santa Claus.

Then this is what happened on Christmas morning... BOOM.  Busted!







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11 comments:

  1. lol. I was 5 on the way to see Santa at the mall when Molly (2 yrs older) whispered in my ear to ask mom if santa was real. I did. Mom was not happy with my sister ;-) Hope yall had a great Christmas!

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  2. NICE!!! I guess that means ALL 10 year old little girls REALLY know??? Who's the sucker now??? WE are :(

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  3. Morgan found out because I left her Easter candy in the back of the cabinet and then stuck it in her basket, not knowing she had seen it!

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  4. We as well found out Ansley has known for a year now this Christmas. Taylor has been dying to tell her he's not real and we were opening gifts and I looked down at her kinda knowing at this point she knew I set out the "Santa gifts" and asked her. She said "yes mom...I have known over a year now that he's not real." O well, at least I don't have to stay up past midnight to set stuff out now. HAHA

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  5. Over the holidays we found a 2006 note from my boys to Santa. They were 16 & 14 at the time, but "Santa" told them no note, no presents. That's how Santa works. So parents use the leverage you have as long as you can!

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  6. I think I ruined it this year for my 9 (almost 10) year old cause she said, "Santa didn't make these toys, the Wal-Mart price tag is still on my bik"..... oops!!!!

    Kristy Clyburn

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  7. I was always told by my mother (your grandmother) that if I stopped believing in Santa he would stop coming. Santa came to see me the Christmas after I was married in August 1969. When I got back to the bedroom after breakfast, opened the door to the bedroom I had shared my whole life with your mother Linda, there laying on the bed were new clothes! I was so surprised and went out to find my mother to thank her and she would only say that as long as I believed Santa would come from time to time! Santa also came on the first Christmas morning in my new home. I turned to Barry and he said as long as I believe! I think Santa just picks very special times to bring me presents....like this year....my best present is my new grandson Jack!!!!!! Aunt Judy

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