Santa’s Cover Seems to be Safe on the 2nd Grade Playground.

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As I head into the holiday season, I ask myself one question.

No, it isn’t “Will I survive?” And no it isn’t “When can I pull the trigger on the first of what is sure to be many snow days” (by the way the correct answers are Probably and Soon).

It is the age old question, “Will Santa Claus be stopping by our house on Christmas Eve?”Undercover Santa.

Sure, we will have a tree, decorations, presents, and even possibly holiday cheer (depending on how the rest of 1st semester goes at school).

But will Santa show up?

I really want to know, because if there is one thing I hate it is the unexpected drop-in.

If we are going to have a guest, there are several items that need to be addressed.

Do we need to make cookies?

Buy some milk?

Should we straighten up the house?

Will Dad freeze to death making… I mean looking for reindeer tracks in the yard at roughly 1:00 am?

The little kid who lives with us hasn’t said anything to the contrary. She hasn’t even hinted that he might not be coming this year.

Last year I was sure she would say something. I expected some sort of indication on the subject in the last 12 months.

I really expected it to come out of the blue when I was least expecting it. I tried to prepare myself, but I knew I would still be woefully underprepared when it happened.

Yet, nothing. No questions. No comments. No asking to Google Santa’s whereabouts.

Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

I’m shocked. If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now (my first and surely not the last holiday reference to the great Clark Griswold).

Don’t 2nd graders talk? Gossip? Surely they swap stories on the playground.

Isn’t there at least one 7 year old with an angry junior high brother who wants to ruin the season for them?

Is there a chance our family could go another year? Maybe even forever?

Maybe it is more complicated than I realize.

Does she know, but doesn’t want to disappoint her parents?

Has she gotten the news on the street, but doesn’t want to believe it?

Is she waiting for me to say something?

So many questions and so few answers.

As you can tell, like always, I am confused.

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6 Responses to “Santa’s Cover Seems to be Safe on the 2nd Grade Playground.”

  1. Lisa Parisi
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 3:59 pm

    I have some advice and then a story. First, my story always was, “When you stop believing, they stop coming.” So when she finally asked if Santa existed, that was my answer. She believed long after her friends told her not to.

    Second, a story. When the toothfairy came to our house, she would leave behind notes about good brushing,etc. These notes were always written with glitter pens. Magic dust covered the notes. So one day, when I was sure she no longer believed, I caught her rubbing the note over herself and making a wish with the magic dust.

    The toothfairy, Santa, the Easter Bunny…all came to our house long after they stopped going to her friends’ homes. I love keeping the magic.

  2. Tracy Murdach
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 6:47 pm

    I have a 14 year old son an 8 year old daughter. Once, when my son was in 6th grade, he came home and asked if I believe in Santa. “Of course, why?” I replied. He went on to say that his teacher asked the class for their experiences when they discovered there was no Santa Claus…it must have been relevant in a curriculum-based conversation… It took ALOT for me to NOT march into school but instead, my son and I talked about the spirit and believing in something that makes you feel good inside and having hope. With a little extra fabrication from me, the conversation ended quickly. To add light to the situation, I said, “well, maybe she does not believe in Santa because she doesn’t get the good gifts!” My son said, “yah, I can see her on the naughty list”…

    Just like Lisa, our family believes much of the same…keeping the magic alive is so important. We watch holiday movies, read Santa stories, visit St. Nick at the mall…all four of us as a family.

  3. Kim Caise
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 6:53 pm

    This past Thanksgiving my sister shared that my nieces, 6 and 11, remarked that with the economy the way it is it is a good thing their mother doesn’t have to buy presents this year since Santa brings them the presents!

    I thought that was hilarious and just precious. Oh the innocence of little ones!


  4. Jen
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 6:56 pm

    First child just seemed to figure it out, seemed nonplussed either way.

    Second child demanded to know (of course, there was blame to be placed on aforementioned first child), hollered “I don’t care what I think I want the truth!” when we tried to be touchy feely about it all. Then believed again within days. And the next year.

    Third child following second child pattern. Told when asked point blank, repeatedly. Then a week or so later was informing me that Santa didn’t have to worry about prices, since the elves make it all. (He’s six, he may not have fully understood my explanation that even Santa has to buy raw materials and support all those elves.)

  5. Kim Caise
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 7:43 pm

    Too bad I didn’t think of Jen’s explanation of “…that even Santa has to buy raw materials and support all those elves…”. Great idea to share about supply and demand – especially since my oldest niece hates social studies!

  6. Carol Horner
    on Dec 1st, 2008
    @ 12:23 pm

    Our daughter is 15. This is our first year without Santa. She finally came out and told us that it was OK; we didn’t have to pretend any more. She said she hadn’t believed in a couple of years but didn’t want to ruin it for us. We always make a trip from Georgia to Pennsylvania to spend Christmas morning with the grandparents. For 14 years we carted all kinds of packages hidden in boxes and suitcases to make sure she didn’t see them ahead of time. I’m going to miss that part of our Christmas this year. No more notes to Santa, no more cookies and milk, and no more reindeer food on the lawn. Kind of sad …….

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