on Dec 15, 2009 @ 04:32 pm|
So, I was asking my son if he'd like to see Santa and he said yes. I then asked him if he believes in Santa and he said "noo". I was shocked because we've never told him other wise. I asked him why and he said it's because he's too old.
Anyways, if you have kids or nieces/nephews what do you tell them about Santa?
|Saint Nick on Dec 16, 2009 @ 01:11 pm|
As a person of faith, I could not in good conscience lie when my then 6-yr-old asked if Santa was real. I hadn't volunteered the info, but a point blank question was too hard to dodge.
And so I told her about Saint Nicholas, who was real. We are not Catholic, but I believe that the lives of the saints do tell important life lessons. She was actually quite pleased with the answer, and since then we have celebrated St. Nicholas' Day (Dec 6), a European custom that my hubby and I both grew up with. Children set out a shoe on the evening of Dec 5, and in the morning there are chocolates, nuts, fruit, and maybe a small toy. Like the Euro equivalent of a stocking, I guess. It's become a very special tradition in our house since!
Now my son is starting to talk about Santa, though he hasn't asked if he's real. I suppose when he asks for the truth I will tell him too. For now, I allow the illusion and don't think there's anything wrong with him believing.
|Love the story! on Dec 16, 2009 @ 03:01 pm|
I've never actually known the story behind Saint Nicholas and love that idea of the shoe.
I remember listening to a talk show on the radio and they discussed telling your kids little white lies and the topic of Santa Claus came up. There were a lot of different views and some even got heated because they grew up in a religious family celebrating the birth of Jesus and not celebrating Santa.
I prefer not to lie to my son either but I'll let him enjoy the characters of Christmas that make it magical for him just a little longer.