Milking Santa For All He’s Worth


*Warning.  Santa spoiler ahead. Not for little people.

Christmas is in 19 days! 

My girls are 11 and 9.

Do they still believe in the fat man who drops down the filthy chimney bringing presents to the good girls and boys while leaving lumps of coal to all the evil folks?

Hmmm At least one of them does.  The other is smart enough to keep her mouth shut, make her list and clean her room without being asked.  If you don’t believe, he can’t bring gifts, right?

These are the facts.

I’ve been lying to my kids about Jolly Ole Saint Nick for almost 12 years.  Me. The Mama who HATES liars.  Who values truth and honesty.  I’ve been not only lying, but force feeding the fairy tale of the magic man and loving every second of it.  Why do I do this?  Two reasons:

One.  Santa equals power.  The girls are “disagreeing” .  All that is needed is a gentle reminder that Santa is watching and said disagreement is over.  They don’t want to clean up their toys?  Oh well, guess Santa can’t bring any new ones.  Ta Da!  Toy room is clean!  No nagging!  Not only that these children help with laundry, offer to shovel the driveway, empty the dishwasher, carry each others book bags?  Huh?    Random acts of kindness are rampant around here.  Santa throws big bad weight in this house.

The second reason I am crushing on the big man.  Thanks to Santa I get to see my babies eyes light up when they are sure those are reindeer prints in the front yard.  Witness sheer delight when they are positive the scratch at the window was an elf running away before we saw him.  I am able to capture a beautiful moment forever on my camera as they run down the stairs on Christmas morn to see if their stockings have been stuffed with all of those junky things Mom usually says no to.

It’s true, I have struggled with lying to my kids about Santa, but what I have come to realize is when the time comes much sooner then I want it to I will simply explain to my two beautiful girls, Santa is part of the spirit of the season.  The fun, mysterious, giggling, magical part.  I am thankful for the Big Man and the special moments he has helped me create.  So for now, I’m milking him for all he is worth.

Thanks Santa.


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  1. I told Sheldon if she doesn’t think there is a Santa, he won’t bring her any gifts and she’s 21 for Pete’s sake.

  2. I would love to go back to the days when my son believed. It was so much fun to watch his excitement. I can still recall him running to his room at the age of three the night before Christmas morning yelling, “I have to go to bed. Santa is coming!” Just a “stump” of a child!

    Milk it for all it’s worth. It will be over before you know it. They grow-up way too fast.

    I will say, however, he still gets excited. Woke us up last year at 4:00 am. 🙂

  3. You are so not alone! I have teenagers and a 7-year old. The teens know the truth but it’s not acknowledged. They know to keep their mouths shut and not spoil the magic. 🙂

  4. Good morning! the magic of Santa…
    even I sometimes wish he is really true.

  5. I’m totally with you on this one! Check this out if you think your younger one might still “buy” it:

    You should’ve seen the wonder and awe on J’s and Z’s faces when they saw and heard Santa talking to them specifically, addressing them by name and knowing what they did and also seeing their own pages on Santa’s big book! 🙂

  6. Milk it girl Milk it!!

  7. I love Santa. He keeps my two (wild) nephews in line all year long. My SIL in law keeps an elf statue out all year long and moves it around the house- she tells them that’s how Santa spies on their family. Devious? I don’t care, it works….

  8. I love the magic of Santa.

  9. smiles. i do believe he is part of the spirit of christmas…i think my 8 year old is done…or has his suspicions…

  10. Amen. I’m in the same boat…truthful by nature and have always struggled with the ruse of Santa. But seriously…what alternative is there? Set them straight at age two in the name of honesty? Nope. Ho, ho, ho, indeed.

  11. I love this! Christmas and Santa are such magical parts of a child’s life! Milk it for as long as you can! 🙂

  12. I love this! Christmas and Santa are such magical parts of a child’s life! Milk it for as long as you can! 🙂

  13. I don’t see it as lying, per se. I see it as making their lives more magical.

  14. It’s part of the fun of the season! I encourage these kinds of lies!

  15. Awww, I miss those days. My baby will be 20 two days after Xmas. He believes in Apple. LOLOLOL

    I’m here getting caught up on my blog reading, finally. Happy holidays!!!!

  16. This is our first year that my (10 year old) son doesn’t believe. I can still threaten that he won’t get gifts if he doesn’t behave, but I’m wondering how much different Christmas Eve will be…

  17. Keep milking it 🙂 My girls (4 1/2 and 2 1/2) have been staying in bed at bedtime for the last week….I will use Santa all winter and find someone else to use for the rest of the year 🙂

  18. LOL Sue, that’s hilarious LOL!

  19. I could have written this post girl. Emily who is 10 figured out about Santa last St. Patricks Day…Brad on the other hand still believes. If he finds out, we will know how he found out…big sister. Right now she is sworn to secrecy. I have to say though, knowing one child knows the truth takes away a bit of the fun.

  20. We are still in debate on how we will approach the idea of Santa Clause…whether we want to let our son believe that there is a fat man who brings toys, are let him believe in who St. Nick really is. But I have to admit—-I love the idea of the POWER that comes with Santa.

  21. What do you mean “Santa’s NOT REAL???”

  22. Santa is the ultimate Trump card! What parent would ever want to give that up? i don’t blame you!

  23. It was never even a question for me as to whether I would tell my kids there is a Santa. OF COURSE there is. I love the magic.

  24. I don’t see it as lying… so much as bending the truth for a little magic… or something! I’m glad I had that time when I believed in Santa (or Father Christmas, as we called him) as a kid, because it was a magical time. And yes, I’ve used the Santa card a few times too. Hehe.

  25. I love the Power of Santa!

  26. I love the magic of Santa!

  27. I’m another momma who hates liars, but I told the Santa lie, too. It’s great to have that “Santa’s watching” hanging over their heads!

  28. Absolutely. I was thinking of telling Elijah this year, as some of his friends are asking, but decided to hold off. We all grow to fast anyway, don’t we?

  29. wise mom strikes again! wish i am that creative:-)

  30. I just credited you on my blog! Love it! You hit it on the mark! Sheer delight!! 🙂 I actually teared up reading this post because it’s so sad that many young children have lost this sheer delight based on their parents decisions!!

  31. What a great post! I am going to milk it as long as I can too. 🙂

  32. Let Santa live on!!! I’m all for it, too.

  33. i always believed in santa.. hubs.. yea not so much.. he said as kids- they were NEVER told about santa..

    i just happen to think.. even though yes! i DO know the real reason for Christmas… santa is Christmas too!!!!

  34. I believed in Santa forever! I still believe in the Christmas spirit even! There’s nothing wrong with it! Enjoy it!

  35. I can actually see the magic in the eyes of my boys, and it’s the cutest thing ever, their belief in Santa. 🙂

  36. Ooo you’re an expert con artist then 🙂

  37. Sometimes I feel kind of weird telling my son about Santa, but it is very cute & magical seeing him get all excited over Christmas. I’m glad to know your younger daughter still beleives – hopefully we can keep it going for a few more years:)

  38. I think is fun to believe. I don’t think many people have been hurt by that lie. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! HoHoHo

  39. I know what you mean. We have our 10-year-old daughter who is doubting these days and begging us for the truth – like she really wants to know. And wow did her face light up when we went to have pictures taken with Santa. I think she still wants to believe.

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