Monday, November 10, 2008

Santa Who?

I don't really remember Santa Clause being a very big part of Christmas during my childhood. My parents did perpetuate the myth that somebody broke into the house at night and left a present for us but I don't think they spoke all that much about Santa. I also don't remember how I found out that he didn't exist. Perhaps we knew it all along. It wasn't a big deal.

This year, Aaron has seen the old man in the red suit around the shopping malls and I made a lame attempt at explaining who he was. I tried telling him that he needed to be "good" or Santa would know. Then I told him that Santa delivers pencils and paper on Christmas day. I even took him to visit Santa but he took one look at the guy and walked out again.

The whole idea of Santa has left me a little unsettled. While the fantasy of it all may be exciting for the little kids, I'm not sure its something that I want to encourage. Also, I believe 2 year olds are all about logic and fact so, the whole Santa story isn't really plausible anyway. It took me a few days to sort it out in my mind but I think I've decided now not to have Santa leave any presents.

I can make Christmas just as fun and exciting without Santa. And, without the emphasis being on presents. I do want Aaron to know that the real reason for Christmas is Jesus and it is the season of giving instead of receiving.

4 comments:

John said...

"I do want Aaron to know that the real reason for Christmas is Jesus and it is the season of giving instead of receiving."

Good for you, Amanda!

Mike said...

How about one construction vehicle for Aaron? A REAL one. I think a backhoe would do nicely.

johnorford said...

scrooge!! ; )

Anonymous said...

just stumbled onto your blog..my memory of Santa..he gave one present - and one present only. The rest of the loot was from Mom and Dad..when I realized there wasnt a Santa..I remembered thinking..so what? All he gave me was one thing.. Mom and Dad gave it ALL!!!