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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Let's debate Santa

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November

santaralphie.jpgMaybe I'm not as sensitive as I should be, but it never bothered me like it does some parents to indulge the fantasy of Santa. To me, it's the magic of childhood that you still believe in magic. But there is the issue of lying. Does that bug anyone?

There's also the materialism, with some worrying that all that stuff skews the focus of Christmas away from spiritual meanings.

The other issue I'm wondering is what age do most kids stop believing? We might have been on a "don't ask, don't tell" basis for a few years to keep the gravy train humming, but I think part of him just didn't want to know.

When he started asking questions like, "Some people say Santa's not real," I felt that first pang of guilt that he'd feel betrayed

if I told him I'd been lying to him all these years. So what I came up with was a political non-answer that would do any congressman proud. I'd say, "Yes I know some people say that and that's OK for them, but I still believe, and I think Christmas is more fun." That way I was giving him room to say the party was over, but I wasn't giving away anything if he still wanted to believe.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Yep, that's Ralphie wishing he was asking for his BB gun instead of a football in 1983's "A Christmas Story"]

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