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I’ve got a quick story.
In keeping with the tradition of Santa coercion to extract good child behavior we kept the legend alive for our kids. Is a legend a lie? Do you think magic tricks are unjust?
Santa’s story with sleigh, flying reindeer, slave elves and bags of goodies is an ongoing magic trick.
One snowy Christmas eve (honestly I believe it was snowing but I do know it reads better) - as I was saying;
Then one snowy Christmas eve, our sweet daughter came to say:
“Daddy with your eyes so bright, I’m staying up to see Santa tonight.”
“Oh no dear Virginia you must go to sleep because Santa only comes when kids are sleeping,” I recited from my Santa legend training.
She was the youngest after all and we expected at least another year of Santa coercion.
“Well then I will sleep by the tree with the dog.”
While proud of her display of logical problem solving skills I was fearful the legend might be unraveling too soon. As she proceeded to get the dog’s leash and her sleeping bag, I prepared the cookies and milk gambit. This time we would add a short note to Santa who would provide the convincing thank-you reply.
Her note to him explained how the dog would let her know he arrived. Don’t worry Santa, he won’t bite you. She just wanted Santa to prove himself. It was a stake out, a test of will power, a test of faith.
Santa showdown time
When all is said and done, her Christmas excitement, us weary parents, the confused dog and a strong desire to seek the truth overpowered me. I threw in the Santa towel. The familar Santa handwriting in past thank-you notes, the common gift wrap, lack of chimney (one of the dumbest parts of the legend), all came together and her logic left her coming up short on Santa.
Oh did she cry. You would have thought she had discovered I was Hitler or maybe Rod Blagojevich. Now she couldn’t sleep. She had become too emotionally upset.
She demanded we tell her how we could lie about Santa in between sobs. She was less upset when her hamster had
died been murdered (that’s a story for another time).
The legend of Santa will live on as long as children misbehave and corporations seek free advertising endorsements. Deal with it kids.
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