I never really spent much time on the “Santa question”.
My children are 7 and 4. Gifts appear on Christmas Eve, but I never made much to-do about how they got there, or who brought them.
The fun was just the surprise factor, the the excitement of getting something new.
This year, Jojo, aged 7, is really enthusiastic about Santa Claus.
He wrote him a letter, asking for a $400 item, and then proceeded to talk about it like it was already a done deal.
He told all of his school friends about this $400 thing that Santa was bringing him.
It made me very sad and anxious; I knew that Santa didn’t have that kind of money to blow on a 7-year-old! I struggled for several days, and finally told Jojo that the thing he asked for cost a lot of money, and maybe Santa couldn’t spend that much money this year.
I suggested some alternatives, at about 1/8th of the price, that he might want to ask Santa for instead.
And I reminded Jojo that it might be nice if Santa brought him some cookies, so that went in the letter, too.
In the end, the items in Jojo’s letter totaled about $75 instead of the original $400. Santa dodged the bullet this year!
Have you had any Santa-related struggles at your house? How do you handle them while keeping the magic alive?