Posted by: bourbonmama | 20/12/2008

On Santa

Santa never came to our house. I think that may be one of the saddest sentences ever written. Let me explain. We were Christians. Christmas was for celebrating the birth of Christ, not waiting for some fat guy to come down our chimney and bring us crap. We still had a Christmas tree, we still had stockings and presents, we just never were told that Santa brought them. There was no Easter bunny, either. And we definitely didn’t get money for loosing our teeth! Philip’s family did the same thing.* So, we had figured it would be the same deal with Nate.

My stance on the Christian religion is this: it’s got a lot of really good messages about how to be a good person (as do all major religions), but there’s also a lot of fanciful stories. Philip, disagrees with organized religion, but still calls himself a Christian, although, that’s not what I’d call him. So, Jesus is Philip’s reason for no Santa. Mine is the whole lying to your kids thing. But here’s where I become a hypocrite, I am totally doing the tooth fairy. I can’t think of one wrong thing with the tooth fairy.

And then I think back to first grade when my teacher decorated her bulletin board for Christmas and my mom made her take down the Santa cutout. I know that she was just trying to make sure I didn’t feel left out, but in the end I felt more so. So left out that I told a bunch of my classmates that there was no Santa Claus and that their parents were lying to them. I can’t tell you how many 6 year old Christmases I ruined that year. As I got older, I defended my parents’ choice to be honest with us. Now, I’m having second thoughts. Philip says he never felt left out. What are your thoughts? How did you feel when you found out that Santa doesn’t exist?

*I found out shortly after meeting Philip that both of our families had gone to, and become heavily involved in, the same church, but at different times.

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