Guest Blogger: Mandi from My Life The Mom. Does Santa equal lying?

*Not long after I started my blog, I came across Mandi’s blog, My Life The Mom, and this was the first post I read. It was such a sweet post about her daughter and it’s little things like that which I embrace about mommyhood. I’ve been reading Mandi’s blog since. She is expecting her second child and I’m so excited for her!

She was there to help keep me sane when my family and I moved from the east coast to the west coast during the summer and were stuck in a hotel while trying to find a house. Mandi was also there when we moved into a house from hell and had to move *again* after only 3 weeks because of mold. Thank you Mandi!

Santa = Lying?

I am hearing that more and more these days and I don’t quite understand it.  I mean, I get it – you aren’t telling your child the truth because technically you are telling them a lie – but I guess I don’t get it at the same time.

When I found out that they were Santa, more like figured it out because my parents weren’t so sneaky with their Santa gifts and hiding, I don’t remember thinking oh-my-gosh-Mom-and-Dad-I-can’t-believe-you’ve-been-lying-to-me-all-these-years-and-now-I’m scarred-for life-I-can’t-handle-the-pain!

I’m pretty sure it was more like sweet, now I know and the little girls don’t! It was fun to think of Santa coming that night, waking up early to see he’d been there, looking for ski sleigh tracks in the snow, half eaten cookies and a note in scribbly writing.

We had that one figured out though, pretty sure they either just shook like crazy or they had our dear old piano teacher write it for them!  It’s a fantasy that is part of being a kid and something to get excited about every year.

I also heard someone saying that they don’t want their kids looking at Santa and Christmas as just a time for gifts.  They should want to give to others and learn there is more to it than Santa.  And I get that too, but isn’t it okay to want sometimes?

I know we probably do it too much, and in my house I’m sure that’s true, but I’m okay if my children want things.  In my mind, it’s another part of being a kid!  Now wanting and expecting are a totally different topic that we won’t get into!  ;)

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2 Responses to Guest Blogger: Mandi from My Life The Mom. Does Santa equal lying?

  1. Elle December 20, 2010 at 10:30 #

    I completely agree, Mandi. I wasn’t traumatized when I found out he wasn’t real. The fun part about being a kid is pretending and make believe. 🙂

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