Okay, we are now in the intense part of the holiday season. Everywhere I look, I see elves, advent calendars, and gift ideas galore. And of course, I’ve been bombarded with the big guy… Santa.
Now I’ve already told you all that I find the holiday season immensely stressful, so I’m strategic about how my family spends the season. But with this year comes another new task for me: deciding how we will handle Santa.
I loved the holidays as a kid, but I wasn’t a Santa-obsessed kid. I don’t remember ever thinking my behavior was tied to whether he brought me gifts or not, or even questioning who could have purchased my gifts. But we did do all the “Santa things” as a family. I took Santa pictures, wrote down the items I wanted, and I even left out the cookies and reindeer food. But I don’t remember ever questioning, or honestly ever caring, if he was real or not. Santa just isn’t a big piece of nostalgia for me.
Fast forward to now, and I’m now a mom with 2 kids wondering how we as a family will navigate Santa. My oldest will be 3.5 this Christmas and he’s aware of the holiday and recognizes Santa, but we have never introduced the concept of Santa bringing gifts or details about his existence.
On one hand, I think it’s cute and innocent, but on the other, I think it’s pointless, and I dread the day the “truth” comes out. Honestly, it seems much more difficult to keep the truth about Santa hidden from kids than it was when I was a kid.
Where Am I Leaning?
I do want my kids to enjoy the innocence of childhood and the joy of Christmas. I want them to get excited about Santa even if they don’t know or think he is sneaking in our house (no chimney) with a special key. My oldest is on the younger side of three so we aren’t in the thick of Santa just yet. But I know I’ll have to have a solid plan by next year. Currently, I’m leaning toward the “Santa is a character” idea. I’m happy if my son thinks Santa is whoever he thinks his favorite person, Spiderman, is. We’ll see how this holiday season goes, and I’ll make up my mind by next year.