15 December 2009

Santa Lies

When my five year old looked up at me with big eyes and says sincerely "Daddy, does Santa really come down the chimney?" was I right to answer with a simple "yes"? She is figuring that our fireplace is pretty small, and Santa is pretty big...

6 comments:

Heather said...

Our son was commenting on the size of our fireplace last night and surmised that "Santa might come through the door here because our fireplace hole is so small."

Quim said...

My nephew was pretty sure it was a scam, his younger sister was still a hardcore devotee of the jolly one. After my parents arranged a visit from Mr & Mrs Claus, my niece gave her brother a stern look and informed him, "I told you so." He later reported that he watched the couple leave in a rocket car not a sleigh. well, duh....

VisuaLingual said...

I thought she'd figured out that the magic slenderizing belt helps him get through your narrow chimney?

Brad said...

Ah, yes. We'd often spend Christmas at my grandparents' place, and their post-War suburban home didn't have a fireplace or chimney. My parents never had an answer for that one...

However, I think the old Tim Allen film "The Santa Clause" really answers that issue well. If Santa is magic (as must be assumed by flying reindeer and trans-global trekking), can't he magically fit anywhere and/or make his own fireplace? And in the film it's not his belt, but the magic bag that also manages to hold gifts for all the Christmas-celebrating children of the world.

Of course, the film also suggests that the role of Santa is some magically-sanctioned job held by various dopes throughout history...

5chw4r7z said...

I always get mad about people who tell their kids there's no Santa.
Isn't a little fib worth all the lessons of hope, goodwill and happiness?
It sounds like this might be the last Christmas she believes but I bet those stories stay with her forever.
I still believe.

CityKin said...

^If she's anything like her older brother, she's got a few more years of wonderment.

I love Christmas and never really thought Santa was a controversy, but I found myself hesitating to say the words...