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Santa doesn’t come to our house. He did when Hannah was little. Every year the huz and I would scrimp, scrape, and scramble to create a pile of presents for Hannah, no matter how strapped for cash we were. Those were some POOR years, when the huz was trying to support all of us on a waiter’s salary, and then I’d have to write “From Santa” on each one!
When Hannah was eight, she found out about Santa. And when she asked us to confirm what she heard, I told her the truth. She sadly looked at her baby brother and then looked up at me and said “So it was all a lie? Please don’t do that to Patrick.” We felt awful, and the huz and I decided right then that Santa wouldn’t be a part of our Christmas/Yule celebration any longer.
When fall rolled around again I kept thinking about the pile of presents we worked so hard each year to create, torn down and unwrapped in a matter of minutes! It was always so anticlimactic, to see the shiny wrappings shredded on the floor, as Hannah would look at each toy briefly before moving onto the next. Most of the things we got her were cheaply made and purchased purely because they fit into our budget. This was not the message we wanted to send to our children about gift giving.
The next year we changed our present policy to reflect this. No longer would we scramble to create the largest pile possible under the tree. Instead, each person in our family gets ONE special thing. One present, big or small, that is purchased with loving care and a stocking full of little silly things to open for fun. And everyone gets pajamas to open the night before, because that’s what my Grammy always did.
I used to worry that because my kids know that Santa “is just a fun thing people do for Christmas” they might accidentally tell a friend and I would have irate parents knocking on my door. But last year, I overheard Patrick talking to his friends about Santa.
“Oh! Santa comes to your house….” He paused, and I cringed. “Hey that’s GREAT! Santa is really COOL!”
And I breathed a sigh of relief.