This week I chose Prompt 3: Open letter to Santa Claus.
I’m writing this letter because we’ve got to get on the same page on a couple of critical issues. I have taken the liberty of outlining the issues and the appropriate responses so if you are confronted with these issues by my son, you will know how to respond and will not contradict information I have already told him.
Issue 1: The Belief Issue
Yep … it came up this year! He’s not 100% sure about you. (Did your Believe-O-Meter go down … or is that just a marketing gimmick by Macy’s?) He came home from school and asked if I believed in you, and I immediately went into panic mode. After assuring him that I did, he told me that your existence is up for debate in the second grade. On the plus side, his friend got a $100 Nintendo DS from you. And, as my son said “Everyone knows your parents would never buy you a $100 DS!!!!” On the minus side, he doesn’t feel that you can pull off this whole “around the world in a night and get everyone their presents.” So I played the Magic card. That helped a lot. Before the Magic card was in play, he said he believed in you 60%. After I played it, his belief shot up to 95%! So remember, you can do all that you do because of magic!!! (After all, what kind of parent would spend upwards of $100 on their child? Only the most dedicated, loving, amazing, caring generous parent in the world, Future Older Son Reading This!)
Issue 2: Why We Help Those In Need Issue
After I got all smug with the Magic card in play, I got blindsided when we had a little chat about helping others at holiday time. At school, they have a giving tree, where the kids pick out a tag for a child in need and we buy them some gifts for the holidays. This year, we got a tag for a 9-year-old girl who needed a hat and mittens. We had a long talk with our son about how lucky he was to not have to ask for a hat and mittens for a Christmas gift. We discussed how lucky he was to have a house to live in, enough food to eat, toys to play with, and so forth. It felt like a great lesson for him to learn. But then he asked “Why do we have to buy the gift for the girl? Why doesn’t Santa just bring them to her?” I’ll admit that I was a bit taken aback. That is a good question, and the whole magic thing seemed like it should cover your ability to bring every good child what they needed for Christmas. So, in answer to THAT question, I said that you were limited in how many gifts you could bring each child so we needed to help you out by buying gifts for kids who needed a whole lot of stuff … so much stuff that you couldn’t bring it all. So that is how you should handle that issue if it comes up.
Issue 3: The Drum Set Issue
As you saw in his letter, he is asking for a drum set. Keep in mind that he has been told—in no uncertain terms—that this is an item that you cannot fit on your sleigh and he will NOT be receiving a drum set on Christmas morning. I expect you to toe the company line on this one, Santa, or you and I will be having a very serious conversation and you will see the business end of my fleece-lined Croc.
So, to sum up:
- You do all that you do because of magic
- You are limited in the amount of gifts you can give to each child
- No drum sets. (Ever.)
Thanks and good luck this year! I’ll make sure the cookies are the best of the bunch!