“Are you really santa?” asks the little girl, standing back and squinting at the costumed freak before her.
“Ho ho ho, Of course I am” says sweaty nervous santa.
“Then Why don’t your shoes fit?” Asks the little girl pointing at the poorly constructed “boot” portion of the santa costume.
Santa looks at mom. Sweats some more and mumbles something about them fitting fine in the north pole.
I have to be honest. I did not think that I would have to deal with this so soon!
She’s 4! (okay she’ll be 5 in January, but still!)
She has apparently already decided that she might not be so sure about Santa. She is also sharing her doubt with her little brother. And I am not sure how to handle it.
Because I don’t want to lie.
So I have decided to approach it from the basic idea that I believe in the “spirit of santa” and I try to answer her questions from that perspective. I told her flat out last year and the year before that it simply is not true that Santa does not bring toys to bad little girls. I told her santa might be more giving if she were especially good but I refused to use old white beard as a threat.
How do you handle the santa question?
Do you have one child who believes and one that doesn’t?
These are the questions keeping me up at night. Please help!