Thursday, December 10, 2009
Season of Peeking: weeks 3 and 4 and Santa
So, last year Dave and I decided we wouldn't really do much with Santa in our family. We'd treat him the way we treat Max in Where the Wild Things Are, as a respectable, lovable fictional character. We'd read the stories about Santa and watch DVDs with Santa, but we wouldn't say that he left any gifts, or was any real part of our lives.
This was all, of course, before Andrew went to preschool.
Now Andrew has lots of questions about Santa. Mostly he wants to know where Santa lives. And when I say "at the North Pole" Andrew corrects me. Santa does not live at the North Pole, he lives in his house. Or, sometimes, and this one scares me a little, Andrew declares that Santa lives in the sky.
When discrepancies about Santa came up in my classroom, I used my diplomatic line, "Some people believe in Santa. Some people don't." And I actually tried it out on Andrew, but it didn't work at all. It was out of context and above his head. And anyway, I'm his mother, not his teacher. It's okay for me to influence what he believes.
Andrew doesn't seem particularly concerned about whether or not Santa exists. He's more interested in the details of Santa's deliveries. And the very question about whether or not anything exists just hasn't come up yet. He just doesn't think like that.
So, this year, I'm not sure we're going to put a lot of effort into explaining the difference between fiction and non-fiction. We won't try to clarify the facts about Santa. Just like we don't put a lot of effort into convincing Andrew that Max doesn't really exist. It doesn't seem like he'll be easily swayed into changing his mind, anyway.
So, this year, we might play along a little. Answer the questions, talk freely about Santa, but certainly not push it. As long as Jesus wins out overall (and Jesus is up against mighty strong competition), we're good. But I have a feeling that it will take years to set the record straight.
Posted by Dave at 7:39 AM