I’ve always told them the truth about these childhood phenomenons. They know the Easter bunny isn’t real. They know that mommy and daddy are really the Tooth Fairy. And they know that grandma and grandpa are the ones who buy most of their Christmas gifts.
So, I was surprised when my son asked me if he could write a letter to Santa Claus. He didn’t say why he wanted to write one. I guess it had something to do with the big mail box he saw in the middle of Macy’s on a recent shopping trip.
Since he had already ravaged the Toys R Us catalog and written a long Christmas wish list to his grandparents I couldn’t figure out why he wanted to write one to Santa Claus, who he knows doesn’t exist.
Then I remembered how much he loves the movie “The Polar Express”. That got me to thinking…have I taken away a part of my kids childhood by denying them Santa Claus?
Every Christmas movie they watch has Santa in it. Most of the Christmas songs they know are about Santa coming down the chimney. So, even though I’ve told them there is no Santa Claus, maybe they are hoping I’m wrong.
Maybe they just want to believe….