Creativity, Imagination and Believing.
I just went through hell last month —
my 11 year old found out we’ve lied to her about Santa —
she. was. FURIOUS…
and the Tooth Fairy… and the Easter Bunny! Yes, she finally had enough with trying to hold onto that last bit of childhood fantasy and begged me to come clean.
I did an ‘almost’ confession last year around the same time, but back-pedaled when it came to admitting exactly who put the gifts in the stockings. As I remember, she got real mad when she demanded I tell her about gifts under the tree, so I proceeded to play dumb about the stockings. She fell for it (or at least acted ‘as if’), for the time being.
Now a whole year older, and at least 10 years wiser, she’s PISSED!
“HOW CAN I EVER TRUST YOU AGAIN!
Why would you DO such a thing? I don’t even WANT to do Christmas this year!”
And, the real kicker? We’re Jewish! I blame all this on my hubby, of course (the non-Jew). He wanted the tree, the lights, the stockings, and the carrots for the reindeer. Certainly not ME! I went all out—yes, it was me doing all the work, of course. Please don’t tell him I really enjoy it—didn’t have it growing up.
My sister even sends us ‘reindeer food’ to sprinkle on the grass.
Mix uncooked oatmeal with a bit of glitter and
let your kids sprinkle on the grass—
some will ‘get et’ overnight (disappears into the grass).
Well, it’s been a month and our daughter has calmed down. She said, “Well, okay, I guess” to hanging stockings and ornaments, and even Santa’s special cookie platter.
So, for those of you still in the game,
here’s a super-fun link to getting a photo of Santa in your house this Christmas!
Go to Capture the Magic. I won’t be using it this year—weep, sniff.
- Upload your photo.
- Select a Santa.
- Pay, download and enjoy!
Prices start at only $3.95 for one photo and there are lots of Santa’s to choose from. (No, I’m not affiliated with the site.)
I don’t know what I’d do if I had it to do over again. This wasn’t in the ‘Parent Handbook’. We are definitely looking forward to creating new traditions in our family.
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked me for my autograph. –Shirley Temple
Do your kids know? How did they find out? I’d love to hear it in a comment below.
— Barbara Balkin, Founder and ARTkinIST