elaborate deception

It’s that time of the year when Emma and I, along with parents all over the world, practice a ceremony of elaborate deception on our children. That’s right, we’ve been very careful not to give the Santa game away to Toby (and Dara, although she wouldn’t get the idea yet anyway).

In Toby we are blessed with a very smart and inquisitive child and we’re pretty sure he would see though the Santa thing quite quickly, so we’ve had to be very careful with how we get Christmas stocking presents together and what we talk about when we’re discussing them. I, of course, end up feeling a bit of angst around whether it’s OK to be doing this – on one hand it’s a lot of fun but on the other it is kind of a con trick, but on the other hand he’s only five so enjoy the magic of Christmas and enjoy having three hands.

I did the same thing with the Advent calendar my mother sent him, when I said that if he opens a door early it’s bad luck. Of course I had no way of telling him how that would work, and fortunately he didn’t ask, but it felt again like I was being a bit of a fraud.

Anyway. There’s a lot of interesting information on the wikipedia about Santa – it’s worth reading.

Oh, and Merry Christmas.

One Response to “elaborate deception”

  1. Emma says:

    Bear in mind that this is the same inquisitive child who after reading a book about evolution decided to answer it’s final challenge – humanity’s great questions of ‘where did we come from, where are we now and where are we going next’ – with ‘that’s easy: heaven’…

    I don’t think we need to worry about his ability to make a somewhat stable emulsion of fact and faith.

    And he does understand that Santa doesn’t bring the gifts under the tree, only stockings presents. Of course this year we need to be extra careful on the duplication of wrapping paper, he’s bound to spot it.

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