John and I were in the car one time. John was scrolling through my Christmas playlist and he says in a very confused voice "I'm going to play this one. I wonder what a Santa Medley is?" You have to know that he did not say Santa, but it came out sounding like Saaahn-taaaah. I said "Do you mean the SANTA Medley?"
We laughed and laughed and laughed.
Anyhow I was thinking about Santa today. We are somewhere in between two schools of thought, which happens with a lot of things actually, and usually neither side of whatever issue it is is thrilled with whatever I say. But we have managed this issue pretty well and haven't caught a lot of flak for it, fortunately.
We decided when we first had kids that we were not comfortable with telling them Santa was real. Santa is part of our Christmas celebration in that we might have ornaments or other decor with him, and we love Santa movies. When our kids asked if he was real, the answer was "no, not in the sense that most people say he is". As they got older we talked about the various stories about where Santa came from and who he was. They haven't suffered from a lack of Christmas cheer and appreciate that we were honest with them.
Our biggest concern was- how to keep our kids' mouths shut so that they do not spoil anyone else's Christmas traditions??? This was pretty simple, we just told them it is not something we discuss outside our home because we never know what someone else chooses to teach their children.
I can't even count how many times I have heard the Santa debate come up in a group of Moms. It boils down to this- you know your kids and you know your values. There's a way to do what you feel is right for your family and it might not look like what anyone else is doing. So enjoy your Santa (or your Saaaahntaaaah) or your menorah and Santa combo, or your Santa-free Christmas and rest easy and PLEASE drink looooooooooooots of cocoa.
What are your favorite traditions? I would love to hear about them; you can share them below in a comment!!