So the wife and I took a drive Thursday morning to her Doctor's office in Cleveland. With most of you probably knowing nothing about Ohio, it is like an hour or more away from where we live. And of course as most of you know long car rides can either be silent or talkative. Well the wife and I being the people that we are we talk... Almost every car ride near or far involves us chit chatting. So we get to talking about Christmas and Santa and all that jazz... and about our upcoming trip to the in-laws on Christmas Eve. And the conversation goes something like this:
TheWife : My mom still puts 'From : Santa' on most of my gifts.
Me : (this pops out with NO thought what-so-ever on my part) "I will never teach our kids about Santa"
TheWife : (Says nothing at first but gives you that eerie silent head turn with WIDE eyes)
Me : Oh shit... what????
TheWife : What do you mean you will never teach our kids about Santa?
Me : (being the wise ass that I am and speaking ever so truthfully) Why would I lie to our kids about something that isn't real? Why would I tell them about a fat man that comes down our chimney or thru our doors to give them gifts and not the REAL meaning of Christmas?
TheWife : Well.....
Me : (On my anit Christmas high horse) I refuse to let our kids believe in something that isn't real! It's all propaganda. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and that is what we will teach them end of story....
TheWife : Well I actually kinda agree with you. Just never thought of it that way.
Point for me.. I win... But what do you think?? Do you think I will be an evil mother for not teaching my kids about Santa?? Or the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy for that matter??? I mean it's not like we won't get them presents and all that stuff... But in my mind why would I teach them about Santa when a few years down the road I'm going to have to fess up and tell the truth eventually anyway? And to me.. Christmas isn't about Santa! It's about Jesus' birth and HIS story.
So please I want your feedback! Should I lie to my kids and tell them all about Santa or the truth from the get go and move on??? I'm interested in what you think about it. I personally didn't grow up in a very good decent home. We were lucky to have food on the table most nights. And my mom is an alcoholic and drug user.. So any money she did get went to the local dealer or the bar down the road. I was always told I was too bad and that Santa passed our house by. So hmfp. Yeah that does some mental damage to a kid... Did you think I was joking in that Christmas MeMe I did a while ago when I stated "kids are supposed to get gifts?"??? Well I wasn't. I never got a thing as a child for Christmas. Not living with my real mom that is. So it was all kinda ruined for me from the get-go.
Ok that is enough of my past for now... Just pisses me off to think about it.
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