Monday, December 1, 2008
"To Santa" or "Not to Santa"
This year Will is seven and he has finally grasped the whole commercial side of Christmas. Until this year I really felt like Jeff and I had done a great job of instilling the REAL Christmas message into him. We celebrate advent, talk constantly about Jesus and how He came to earth as a baby and how this whole entire holday is actually to celebrate His birthday. I really felt like Will completely understood all of this UNTIL------THIS YEAR!!!!! We have never really talked alot about Santa Clause. I mean we don't talk bad about him or necessarily tell him that the whole thing is a hoax or have santa bashing conversations, we just don't say much of anything either way. Well let me tell you that this child of mine is truly convinced that there is going to be this jolly old plump man come to our home on Christmas eve and deliver anything and everything he can possibly dream up under our tree. He has made himself a list and it continues to grow daily. Every single second of every commercial on television right now is used up telling children how wonderful a toy is and how they just can't keep living if they do not pester the stew out of their parents until he/she gets it. He has even asked for some gifts for his cousins. He said that was just in case they hadn't been good and that he could get the gifts and give to them. I must admit that I was pretty touched when I saw that he was asking for a diamond ring for me and a "Bad Boy Buggy" for Jeff. I mean he certainly isn't being greedy just for himself or anything. I explained to him that his dad and I didn't need those things and that Santa could'nt buy all of the things on the list either due to the economy and that santa had a budget too. He said "Mom, Santa is a millionaire and besides he makes all of this stuff himself so he doesn't need a budget." What do I say to that????? Jeff and I are really struggling with what to do. Do we shatter a little seven year old's dreams by telling him that this whole santa thing is a big fat lie or keep on stringing him along until some kid on the bus tells him (which is how I found out)? All I know to do for right now is just keep on talking about Jesus and explaining to him that this is not OUR birthday but HIS!!! If anyone has any words of wisdom please pass them my way.