As a young adult, I had a friend who once told me that she wouldn’t be doing Santa Claus with her child. At the time I thought this was very strange. I loved Santa growing up. It was such a magical time for me as a child. Writing to Santa, waiting for him to come, and being surprised by all the presents. Thinking back though, I also remember when I was about 10 or 11 and realized Santa doesn’t exist… I was angry my family had lied to me. Why would they tell me something that wasn’t true?
16 years later my son, Ethan was born. From the beginning of my pregnancy, my husband and I agreed that we wanted to be as honest as possible (age appropriate of course). Where do babies come from? What’s the difference between boys and girls? What is sex? These of course, are difficult questions for parents to answer, but I wanted my children to have knowledge.
With the holidays approaching, it got me thinking about one of the biggest lies parents tell their children. Santa Claus. I have no problem with other parents delighting their little ones with stories and songs about Santa. But is it right for my child? It seems odd to me to be open and honest with my child about everything else, a