This article, entitled "The Problem with Perpetuating Childhood Myths," comes from Annie Payne, MomsEveryday blogger from Western Colorado.
When my daughter was little and I would do her hair in the bathroom, we used to have the “deepest” conversations. Here is a conversation we had one Sunday before church.
Mini Me: I can’t wait for Christmas so I can get more TOYS, TOYS, TOYS!
Me: That’s great. (Brushing absent-mindedly)
Mini Me: Is Santa Claus real?
Me: He is as real as you want him to be. (Ambiguously sly)
Mini Me: How real? (Puzzled)
Me: As real as the Great Pumpkin.
Mini Me: What does he do?
Me: He waits for good little boys and girls in the pumpkin patch on Halloween. (Bluffing, because I can’t remember how the cartoon goes)
Mini Me: And gives them pumpkins? Aaron (her brother) got a really big pumpkin!
Me: He must have been a really good boy.
Mini Me: Is Santa Claus as real as God?
Me: Not that real. (Cornered)
I have often wondered if perpetuating the myth of Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Uncle Sam is going to have an effect on my kids. My faith in God and trust in my parents has remained unscathed although we celebrated holidays both culturally and religiously in our home. Despite that, I think it’s more important than ever for children these days to know that their parents will give them the straight skinny when they ask for it.
Me on the phone: Hello? Mom? Is Uncle Sam real?
My Mom: What?!
How do you feel about “perpetuating the myth?”