Friday, November 30, 2007

Santa No More

Well, it was a long thoughtful process in which I finally decided to tell my kids that Santa is just for fun (yeah, right, anyone who knows me knows that I sprung it on 'em as quickly as the thought entered my head). Yesterday I spur of the moment decided to read them the book "Mommy, Was Santa Claus Born on Christmas, Too?" that my sister April had left at our house for us to enjoy. Halfway through the book (which tells the story of St. Nicholas) I realized that they were going to figure out that the "Santa" they knew of never existed (and this right after Jonah wrote his Christmas list!). We talked for a while about what the true meaning of Christmas was, and Jonah was very quiet and thoughtful. Then he piped up with, "Oh, I get it! I think that the Santa we saw in the mall was just a guy dressed up like Santa!" (Yay! he got it!) Then he followed it with, "Maybe it was the Tooth Fairy dressed up like Santa!"

3 comments:

Angela said...

Good for you Beth! We don't do "the Santa thing" with our kids, and they seem ok! We just tell them that St Nick was a guy who really lived a long time ago, etc...and that Jesus birth is why we celebrate Christmas...go figure!


angela

see ya tuesday! :-)

brooke said...

my sister thinks i am the spawn of the devil for not playing the santa game. of course, she thinks that no matter what i say or do...

candace said...

sounds like a great book- do you know where she got it?? thanks!