Parents seem to be pretty divided on this subject, but thankfully I have discovered some folks share my opinion about our absurd parental behaviors. Take this discussion on Babble, for example. Any conversation about Santa that includes Bradley Cooper is a winner in my book. I'm pretty sure all conversations would be better if they included Bradley Cooper in some way.
|Succumbing to peer pressure (sorry kids)|
Fast forward to this week when we happened to be at a mall with some of our family. While spending some time with these family members we rarely see, my darling five year old was very easily talked into to visiting Santa. My toddler would have no part in it, but my big girl just went right up to Santa to tell him about all the My Little Ponies she wants and posed for a picture. I'm pretty sure they are best friends now.
|One year later: BFFs|
Yeah, that really doesn't work for me.
For now, I just try to not talk about Santa. If my daughter talks about him then I will just go along with her. I would rather just omit him from the conversation than force my point of view on her. The thing I don't want to do is use him as a threat. I have already found myself doing that with our Elf on the Shelf when my five year old is being difficult. Again, I feel foolish for even uttering the words, "Edward can see you - do you want him to tell Santa how you were acting?" Yuck. I can't believe I really said that.
So, what is my problem with Santa, you ask?
My first problem with Santa is the lying. This is the same problem I have with the Elf on the Shelf.
My second problem with Santa is that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, and Santa (as he is viewed today) has nothing to do with that and everything to do with the "buy your kids more stuff they don't need so they will be cool (and you totally suck if you don't)" thing.
My third problem with Santa is he gets all the credit for giving my kids cool stuff. Bastard.