Friday Forum #3
Santa:to believe or not to believe? That is the question for today's edition of The Friday Forum.
Daughter Claire is in the 4th grade and is 9 years old. She has a couple of friends who are a little older. After a recent visit with one of them, she informed me, "I feel sorry for her." I asked her why and she replied "She doesn't believe in Santa. She says her parents do all the work." She even kind of shook her head, as in disbelief at her friend's lack of faith. I said that was too bad and she continued with "I've searched the basement- I know it's not you guys!"
Ok, at some point, she will have to know the truth, and in her heart of hearts, she may already. I'm not ready for it- maybe next year. But give me one more year of the magic.
What about you? What do you think about telling/not telling your kids? When did you figure it out? When did your parents know you figured it out? How did you feel about it?
For me, I think I was in 4th grade and still wanted to believe, but knew that logically, it just wasn't so. I wasn't that disappointed, though, because I still got presents and my stocking got filled. I never felt that I'd been lied to- I enjoyed the spirit of it and I still do. There's a teeny part of me that still believes in Santa- even though now I'm the one filling the stockings. I like the thought of some nice, omniscient man bringing gifts in the middle of a cold, dark, winter's night, leaving them at our hearth and asking nothing in return. To me, that is the true spirit of giving- giving with your heart and asking for nothing in return.