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Demythologising Santa [Nov. 21st, 2017|12:23 pm]
Tony Grist
Ivy, our eldest grand-daughter, came back from school saying, "There's someone in my class who says Santa isn't real".

I forget how I handled that one as a young parent  but I don't remember having to face direct questioning.  If I had I'd have practised evasion until I was sure the game was up. I don't believe one should lie to children. Sooner or later they'll work things out for themselves- and that's good. Sometimes I think they pretend to go on believing so as not to upset their parents. 

When I was a kid myself I wrestled long and hard with the theology of Santa. It seemed incredible to me that one man could deliver presents to the whole world. I concluded there had to be two of them.  How old was I? Five, probably. Same age as Ivy...

I imagined the two secret Santas, disguised in overcoats, flat caps and mufflers- like petty crooks from an Ealing comedy- rendezvousing in pubs and cafes to plan their yearly strategy.


[User Picture]From: steepholm
2017-11-21 03:55 pm (UTC)
I told my daughter that Santa wasn't real eventually (better hear it from me than one of her friends), but I waited until April to do it, as I thought that was probably the time of least emotional investment in the concept.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-21 04:05 pm (UTC)
That was excellent strategy.
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