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


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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