Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dear Santa: this is a test.

My wife really loves the whole Santa thing. Me not so much. She's way more in charge of Christmas at our house than I am and I appreciate that she makes Christmas very warm and memorable for our whole family so there was no way I was ever going to infringe on her desire to Santa it up.

So when my kids were little and questioned me about Santa's existence, I wanted to tell them the truth but out of respect to my wife I just shrugged my shoulders and said to them, "What do you think?"

What I really wanted to say was, did you know that when the makers of Coke put Santa's image on their packaging, sales increased dramatically?

I didn't have to say or do anything though. She didn't reveal this until she was about 12 but, unbeknownst to us, when my daughter was about 8 she decided to test the Santa theory herself and left a special note, just for Santa, hidden in her bedroom on Christmas Eve.

Uh. Apparently he did not respond. *Insert bubble bursting sound effect here.*

Unfazed (as she later described it), she kept this all a secret and continued to perpetuate the myth for our sake. Smart cookie eh?

However, this little act of Christmas subterfuge makes me suspect that someday my daughter may work for the Canadian government.

18 comments:

Didactic Pirate said...

Wow, pretty crafty of your daughter. She should join the guys over at Mythbusters.

My daughter has definitely seen through the Santa Myth. She's 9. I was hoping to keep it going a little longer, if only so I could continue using Santa's Naughty List as a scare tactic to keep her in line.

Always Home and Uncool said...

I'm having a similar issue except with the Tooth Fairy. Dang kids keep hiding the teeth on me! I mean, The Fairy.

Chelle said...

Yeah, Libby has been faking it for us since 2 Christmases ago when she found a minuscule "made in China" sticker on the bottom of her new Barbie House from Santa.

She told Sull, Sull told us. I am waiting for her to break... but she asked Santa for Body Shop stuff and an Itunes card this year. I think the jig is up.

I had to tell Sull that Santa wasn't real before he went to Middle School. It was much kinder. He's an arguer.

Trooper Thorn said...

Once Santa started leaving electronic goods for the kids' friends but not for them, they knew something was up.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

She's probably a CSIS agent already.

Cheeseboy said...

My 3rd grader still has not questioned his existence. I am dying to tell him, but my wife refuses to let me do so. The insanity never stops.

Alittlesprite said...

Your daughter is one smart cookie!
My son, the ever practical one, never believed in santa. And I didn't mind at all, in fact I encouraged it. I was a single mum. I wasn't going to let a creepy guy in a red suit take credit for the presents I saved for. I do make sure though that he dosen't burst the bubble for any other child who believes.

paulsifer42 said...

Freakin awesome. My little sister figured it out way before I did, but mostly through a lot of logic loopholes. She had to explain it to me before I believed her. So, your daughter and my sister are super smart, me, not so much. :)

dbs said...

@DP I like your mythbusters suggestion.
@AHAU We totally gave up on that for that same reason plus one other: one of my daughter's friends received a barbie for losing a tooth!
@Chelle Aw, Libby and Sull, growing up. Time flies, doesn't it?
@TT That'll do it.
@DSWS Probably.
@Cheeseboy I think most people feel the same way.
@Alittlesprite Good for you because you definitely deserved the credit.
@paul I bet you're smarter than you think.

Sandra said...

Canadian government offers great benefits and pension plan!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Hopefully she will take her rightful place in the CSIS as a master spy!

Nicole said...

I think the power of mythology is seeing through its trappings and respecting its spirit nonetheless. I think you're kiddo got it quite right to keep the myth alive. Everyone benefits from playing the part of generous gift-giver and grateful gift-receiver.

Also, let's face it, the gifts dwindle a bit when the fat man becomes more legend than reality.

Kev D. said...

Brilliant!

Although, I'm not sure about her logic... I mean why would Santa be going into her room... at night... alone...

dbs said...

@Sandra I wonder if Santa gets a special pension plan.
@LoC Now that's a career idea.
@Nicole Probably true.
@KevD Whoa. Freakin good point!

prairiegirl said...

Hahahaha, I hadn't seen that story before!!

To be honest, I don't really know about how my kids processed the Santa idea when they were younger. I'm not a very big Christmas kind of person, so it wasn't played up much and it's played up even less now that they're older.

But kids, they're smart cookies, they have our numbers long before we figure it out for ourselves. Or at least that's what I think....

Writer Ninja said...

I see the humble beginnings of a ninja in your daughter. :)

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

That is awesome. Your daughter is one cool kid.

dbs said...

@prairiegirl Yup. Kids can be very savvy.
@WN Sweet.
@KL Thanks.

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