Boo has been suspicious for the last couple of years. Whenever she asks if Santa is real, I give her a noncommittal "What do you think?" And it usually stops there, and considering her usual zest for disputing questioning everything I say, I think that means she's already made her decision. Last year she took it a step further and said "Some kids at school think Santa is really the parents. I was thinking that I could ask Santa for something and not tell you guys about it. (pause) No, I wouldn't do that." For all I know, she actually did do that.
The Santa rules have always been:
- Santa never brings The Big Gift. I didn't want to end up in the position where she wanted something expensive or impossible to attain and expected Santa to bring it, because I didn't want her to have expectations that couldn't be met. "That's okay that you couldn't find This Year's Hot Toy. I'll ask Santa!" Nope. (Also, I like getting recognition for giving The Big Gift. If that makes me a bad person, so be it.)
- Santa generally brings things you asked for. He sometimes brings things that weren't on your list if they go with what you asked for, or if he happens to know you'll like them (maybe because he goes shopping with you.) However, if you change your wish list after Santa goes shopping makes the toys but before he makes his delivery, you are likely to get things that are no longer on your list. Deal with it.
- Santa doesn't wrap. Why? I don't know. Santa didn't wrap Daddy's gifts either. Santa is busy. Oh, so Santa wraps your friends' gifts? Maybe because they clean their rooms. Maybe if you cleaned your room, Santa would wrap your gifts. Let's give it a whirl. (No, I haven't said that, but I've been sorely tempted.)
- If we're going to be at Grandma's house for Christmas, we tell Santa and he delivers the gifts there.
(Hey, is that something I can eat? Or maybe just chew on?)
So, this year it's getting a little tricky. Her wish list (which she has not even mentioned sending to Santa) only had four items. One is The Big Gift so Santa won't bring it. One is This Year's Hot Toy which Santa could bring, because it was cheap (as long as you were lucky enough to find it at Walmart instead of buying it on eBay). One I haven't been able to get, because I can only buy it in person in The Big Town and I never seem to get to The Big Town without Boo, so buying it has been impossible. And one, I can't even remember what it was, but she said it was an alternate gift, if I couldn't find This Year's Hot Toy. So our options are:
- Give her one gift from her list from Santa, and other gifts that I know she'll like, but were not specifically on her wish list.
- Dig out the wish list and find out what the alternate gift was, and give her two gifts on her list from Santa.
- Do away with Santa.
(See? Santa doesn't wrap. Goodness, look at the hair. And all those pink gifts.)
On a related note, a friend told me her kids are in some kind of activity that includes a lot of homeschooled children as well, and most (all?) of them do not believe in Santa Claus. Their parents say that if you tell them Santa is real and then tell them he isn't, why are they going to believe you when you tell them Jesus is real? Interesting. I never looked at it that way.