Friday, November 12, 2010


Rugby plops down at the breakfast table the other morning and declares, "So there is no Santa Claus!"

I nearly choke on my Eggo and do a quick scan around the table to see his siblings' reactions.  Everyone has their eyes glued on Rugby waiting for more information to back up his outrageous claims.

(blink blink)

I decide to venture further and ask him why he would say that.

He spews out all of the regular arguments and ends with a firm belief that it has to be Mom and Dad.

I asked Breckyn how she felt about that (thinking she is 10 and would probably agree with her little brother by now-- hopefully).  She said she didn't really care what was going on.  As long as she got presents, she wouldn't question any of it.

Then it was Zoey's turn.  She agreed with both Breckyn and Rugby but decided not to tempt fate.  So she went neutral.

Em was the only one left and his answer was simple.  "Rugby is stupid for saying that because he won't get any presents." 

So my children have picked ignorance over information.  Is it wrong that I'm kind of disappointed?  I am bound by the adult code not to go any further with the conversation because they chose not to know.  It's killing me!

This morning Zoey asked me to mail a letter for her.  It was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Clause. She told me she was writing not for toys, but to have their signatures.  She has requested that Santa, the misses and one elf sign, date and return her letter for proof and peace of mind. 

Really?  Really?  You're 9!!!

You guys are killin' me!


Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Hehehe, we don't teach our kids Santa. Not because we have any problems with him, but when our oldest was 2 our friend came over dressed as Santa as a surprise, an she was TERRIFIED! People would ask her what she wanted from Santa and she would scream and say she was canceling Christmas (at 2! She had a really great vocabulary, she didn't get her smarts from daddy or me) so we ended up telling her the truth. She was deathly afraid that this big fat man dressed in red was going to be breaking into her house and leaving things for her. We threatened her with her life if she tells, and the only people she ever told were her cousins who were 9 and told her "You're too little you don't know anything!" Hehehe, joke was on them when they found out the truth! We also had to come clean on the Easter bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Kind of sad actually.

connie said...

The dreaded "There is no Santa Claus". I still claim there is and I am sticking to my story. If you don't believe you don't get gifts. It pretty cut and dry. My children have never said they don't believe. They value those gifts. I love your kids reaction to the question. They are so smart and say such cute things. They all really have great personalities. I have never confirmed any thing. I love all holidays. The the more you believe in them the more fun they are and the more you can Ham it up.

Kent said...

She didn't want the response notorized?

April said...

It seems from their reactions that your kids still want to play along. They're very cute. I love the signature thing. You could dress up as Mrs. Clause and have a loud, late night baking session - enough to wake them up and have them come down to see what the music and the noise is about. You could have a lot of fun with it, or you could let it play out. This is a great part of the Santa thing.

Margene said...

I always told my kids, if you don't believe in Santa you won't get any presents. Ask the Mr. about the morning he caught Santa and he was in college. Let them believe, it makes the season all the more magical.

Mandi said...

My olders are figurin' it out. I'm disappointed. But why? I haven't tried to perpetuate the lie much.

Anonymous said...

I just hope you locked this blog post.. :o)

Tina said...

My kids wanted to know pretty early on and I am big on being straight with them so I ran it past my MIL. She told me, "well, if YOU don't believe" like she didn't approve of ME not believing (which I really hadn't expected). You then brought in the I Believe In Santa book to Primary, which solved my dilemma and we read every year. Santa is the SPIRIT of Christmas. Our family is good with that. Now even I get to believe again.

The Snow Queen said...

My kids all believe, but I think this is Willow's last year. We're going to ride the Polar Express on Christmas Eve wanna go?

kristen said...

I seriously struggled with this one because I want the kids to believe in things that are true and trust me to tell them the truth. So, I always ask them what they think after they ask me if Santa is real. If they say they believe, then I say "Great." I had to be straight with my 10 year old because of kids on the bus and I didn't want him being made fun of for something that really isn't true. If he is going to be persecuted, I'd prefer it to be over something that really mattered (God, drugs, moral issues). I told him that Santa was a real person, Chris Kringle, and that he did give toys to kids. His job got so big and he got so old that he asked parents to help, so we help now. We talk about how Jesus taught us how to give, and Santa followed that example. Now mom and dad help Santa with his job too (and try to help Jesus too.) The "too old for Santa" does take some of the "magic" (magic isn't real) out of Christmas, but isn't the miracle in the birth of the Savior? My older ones are now my "elves".

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